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Cacophis churchilli WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymCacophis churchilli WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 45
Cacophis churchilli — COGGER 2000: 771
Cacophis churchilli — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cacophis churchilli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 131 
DistributionAustralia (coast and ranges of NE Queensland, from about Mossman south almost to Townsville)

Type locality: Black Mtn Rd, Kuranda, Qld  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R74464 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Nasal and preocular usually separated (C5(1)); parietal usually contacts lower postocular (C7(1)*, see also A5); subcaudal counts less than 40 (C11(3)*); iris partly white (C17(2)).” (Scanlon 2003: 14; C numbers are characters numbers in Scanlon 2003) 
EtymologyNamed for Gregory Churchill, of Dundas, New South Wales who collected the holotype as well as greatly assisted the Australian Herpetologi- cal Society. 
  • 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.
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Scanlon, John D. 2003. The Australian Elapid genus Cacophis: Morphology and phylogeny of rainforest crowned snakes. The Herpetological Journal 13 (1):1-20 - 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.
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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