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Aspidomorphus muelleri (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Serpentes (snakes) 
SubspeciesAspidomorphus muelleri interruptus BRONGERSMA, 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri lineatus BRONGERSMA, 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri muelleri (SCHLEGEL, 1837) 
Common NamesMüller’s crown snake 
SynonymAspidomorphus muelleri muelleri (SCHLEGEL 1837)
Elaps muelleri SCHLEGEL 1837
Aspidomorphus Mülleri — FITZINGER 1843: 28
Pseudelaps Mülleri — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1233
Pseudelaps muelleri — WERNER 1899
Pseudelaps muelleri insulae BARBOUR 1908 (see comment)
Aspidomorphus muelleri — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidomorphus muelleri — METZGER et al. 2010

Aspidomorphus muelleri interruptus BRONGERSMA 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri interruptus BRONGERSMA 1934

Aspidomorphus muelleri lineatus BRONGERSMA 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri lineatus BRONGERSMA 1934 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago)

Type locality: Lobo, Triton Bay, Irian Jaya Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: not found fide O’Shea 1996. 
CommentSee also Aspidomorphus lineaticollis.

Subspecies: TIEDEMANN & GRILLITSCH 1999 also list Pseudelaps muelleri var. concolor WERNER 1925 whose identity remains unclear.

Synonymy: Mark O’Shea thinks that Pseudelaps muelleri insulae BARBOUR 1908 is a synonym of this species but hasn’t verified it (pers. comm.).

Type species: Elaps muelleri SCHLEGEL 1837 is the type species of the genus Aspidomorphus FITZINGER 1843: 28.

Venomous! 
Etymologynamed after Salomon Müller (1804-1864), a naturalist and taxidermist who collected animals in Indonesia for Schlegel. 
References
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1934. Contributions to Indo-Australian herpetology. Zool. Med. 17: 161-251 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C., BIBRON, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Walter R. Erdelen 2006. Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Indonesia: issues and problems. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 4 (1): 60-87 - get paper here
  • McDowell, Samuel B.;Cogger, Harold G. 1967. Aspidomorphus, a genus of New Guinea snakes of the family Elapidae, with notes on related genera. Journal of Zoology, London 151: 497-543
  • Metzger, Genevieve A.; Fred Kraus, Allen Allison, Christopher L. Parkinson 2010. Uncovering cryptic diversity in Aspidomorphus (Serpentes: Elapidae): Evidence from mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 (2): 405-416 - get paper here
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Générale: xxviii +251 S. + Partie Descriptive: 606 S. + xvi. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum) - get paper here
  • Tiedemann,F. & Grillitsch,H. 1999. Ergänzungen zu den Katalogen der Typusexemplare der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Herpetozoa 12 (3/4): 147-156 - get paper here
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157
  • Werner. F. 1925. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. II. Teil. Sitzungsb. Ber. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 134: 45 - 66
 
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