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Cacophis harriettae KREFFT, 1869

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: White-crowned Snake, White-naped Snake 
SynonymCacophis harriettae KREFFT 1869: 76
Glyphodon harrietae — WORRELL 1961
Pseudelaps harriettae — BOULENGER 1896: 318
Pseudelaps harriettae — LONGMAN 1918
Aspidomorphus harriettae
Cacophis harriettae — COGGER 1983: 219
Cacophis harriettae — WELCH 1994: 39
Cacophis harriettae — COGGER 2000: 636
Cacophis harriettae — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cacophis harriettae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 131 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: Warro, Port Curtis, Qld.  
TypesLectotype: AMS R142007 (AM) (formerly 6676), collected A.H. Blackman. Lectotype designation (by inference of holotype) by Cogger (1979); see Shea & Sadlier (1999). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Maxilla with fewer than six teeth behind diastema (C1(1)); dentary with fewer than 20 teeth (C4(1)); nasal and preocular usually separated (C5(1)); nasal usually undivided (C8(1)); ventral count not less than 170 and may exceed 175 (C10(0)*); collar (and longitudinal pale stripes on body) usually white, not yellowish (C16(1)*); iris mainly white (C17(2)).” (Scanlon 2003: 14; C numbers are characters numbers in Scanlon 2003) 
EtymologyNamed after Harriett Scott (1830-1907), an artist who illustrated Krefft’s Mammals of Australia (1871) and some of his Snakes of Australia (1869). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Krefft, G. 1869. The Snakes of Australia; an Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species. Sydney, Govt. Printer xxv + 100 pp. - get paper here
  • Longman, H. A. 1918. Notes on some Queensland and Papuan reptiles. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 6: 37-44 - 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
  • Shine, R. 1980. Comparative ecology of three Australian snake species of the genus Cacophis (Serpentes : Elapidae). Copeia 1980 (4): 831-838 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • 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.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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