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Brachyurophis approximans (GLAUERT, 1954)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: North-western Shovel-nosed Snake 
SynonymRhynchoelaps approximans GLAUERT 1954
Simoselaps approximans MENGDEN 1983
Simoselaps approximans — COGGER 1983: 235
Simoselaps approximans — HUTCHINSON 1990
Simoselaps approximans — WELCH 1994: 107
Simoselaps approximans — COGGER 2000: 682
Brachyurophis approximans — GREER 2006 (online)
Brachyurophis approximans — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 458
Brachyurophis approximans — WALLACH et al. 2014: 125 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Muccan Station, 23° 30'S, 120'00'E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R10768 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin approximans (approaching) in reference to B. campbelli, a north Queensland species to which this species was first compared. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Glauert, L. 1954. Herpetological miscellanea. III. A new burrowing snake from north-western Australia (Rhynchoelaps approximans, sp. nov.). Western Australian Naturalist 4: 85 - get paper here
  • Mengden, Gregory A. 1983. The taxonomy of Australian elapid snakes: A review. Rec. Austral. Mus. 35 (5): 195-222 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1968. The genus Vermicella (Serpentes : Elapidae) in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. J. Royal Soc. Western Australia. 50: 80-92 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1979. Revisionary notes on the genus Vermicella (Serpentes: Elapidae). Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8 (1): 75-79 - 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.
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