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Aspidomorphus schlegelii (GÜNTHER, 1872)

IUCN Red List - Aspidomorphus schlegelii - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSchlegel’s crown snake 
SynonymDiemenia schlegelii GÜNTHER 1872: 35
Pseudelaps muelleri BOULENGER 1895: 32
Pseudelaps muelleri insulae BARBOUR 1908 (fide BRONGERSMA 1934: 235)
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — MCDOWELL 1967
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — METZGER et al. 2010
Aspidomorphus schlegelii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 58 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea [East Sepik Province: Prince Alexander Mts., 3.5922°S, 143.4937°E, 270 m elevation (Kraus 2013); Aitape (McDowell 1967)]

Type locality: Misool Island, Indonesia Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.18.43 
CommentVenomous!

A. schlegeli differs from the other species in the genus in the form of the maxillary bone and the anterior mandibular dentition; it seems to be confined to northwestern New Guinea and adjacent islands, since specimens from the eastern end of New Guinea that had been referred to schlegeli are actually A. lineaticollis (McDOWELL 1967). 
EtymologyNamed after Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884), German herpetologist. 
References
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1895. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Ferguson Island, D'Entrecasteaux group British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 16: 28-32 - get paper here
  • Brongersma,L.D. 1934. Contributions to Indo-Australian herpetology. Zool. Med. 17: 161-251 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1872. Seventh account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 9: 13-37 - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred. 2013. Further range extensions for reptiles and amphibians from Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review 44 (2): 277-280
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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