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Aspidomorphus muelleri (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (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 mülleri — HEDIGER 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri — MCDOWELL 1967
Aspidomorphus muelleri — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidomorphus muelleri — METZGER et al. 2010
Aspidomorphus muelleri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 58

Aspidomorphus muelleri interruptus BRONGERSMA 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri interruptus BRONGERSMA 1934: 231

Aspidomorphus muelleri lineatus BRONGERSMA 1934
Aspidomorphus muelleri lineatus BRONGERSMA 1934: 232 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago)

Type locality: Lobo, Triton Bay, Irian Jaya  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: not found fide O’Shea 1996.
Holotype: NMBA, paratypes: BMNH [interruptus]
Holotype: BMNH [lineatus] 
Diagnosis 
CommentSee also Aspidomorphus lineaticollis.

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

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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1934. Contributions to Indo-Australian herpetology. Zoologische Mededelingen 17: 161-251 - get paper here
  • Clegg, Jonathan R. and Merlijn Jocque 2015. The Collection of Snakes Made by Benoît Mys and Jan Swerts in Northern Papua New Guinea in 1982–85 Journal of Herpetology 50 (3): 476-485 [2016] - 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
  • Hediger, H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 441-582
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Walter R. Erdelen 2006. Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Indonesia: issues and problems. Amphibian & 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 - get paper here
  • 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
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Descriptive. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum), 606 S. + xvi - 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Werner. F. 1925. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. II. Teil. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 134: 45 - 66 - get paper here
 
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