Cacophis krefftii GÜNTHER, 1863
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cacophis krefftii?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Dwarf Crowned Snake, Krefft's Dwarf Snake|
|Synonym||Cacophis krefftii GÜNTHER 1863: 361|
Cacophis fordei KREFFT 1869
Pseudelaps krefftii BOULENGER 1896
Cacophis krefftii — COGGER 1983: 219
Cacophis krefftii — WELCH 1994: 39
Cacophis krefftii — COGGER 2000: 637
Cacophis krefftii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cacophis krefftii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 131
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, Queensland)|
Type locality: North of the Clarence River, N. S. W. but original description cites "probably from Port Macquarie, N. S. W. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19188.8.131.52, labelled "North of the Clarence River, N. S. W. but original description cites "probably from Port Macquarie, N. S. W.|
Holotype: AM 6672, from Pine Mountain, near Ipswich, Qld. [Cacophis fordei]
|Comment||Synonymy partly after COGGER 1983.|
Type species: Cacophis krefftii GÜNTHER 1863 is the type species of the genus Cacophis GÜNTHER 1863.
Hutchinson (1990) considered diagnosis of the genus Cacophis problematic, and recognized it only 'tentatively' as distinct from Furina. Cacophis species are small nocturnal saurophagous (lizard-eating) snakes, all restricted to rainforest or wet
sclerophyll habitats in coastal regions of eastern Australia (Queensland and New South Wales).
A diagnosis of the genus and species can be found in Scanlon (2003).
|Etymology||Named after Gerhard Krefft (1830-1881), German-born naturalist who worked mostly in Australia.|