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Cacophis squamulosus (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Golden Crowned Snake 
SynonymPseudelaps squamulosus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1853: 517 (nomen nudum)
Pseudelaps squamulosus DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 1235
Pseudelaps fordii BOULENGER 1896
Diemansia cucullata GÜNTHER 1862: 129
Pseudoelaps atropolios JAN & SORDELLI 1873
Aspidomorphus squamulosus
Cacophis squamulosus — COGGER 1983: 219
Cacophis squamulosus — WELCH 1994: 39
Cacophis squamulosus — COGGER 2000: 638
Cacophis squamulosus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cacophis squamulosus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 131 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: unknown (see type data).  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 7667, from unknown locality (as Tasmania, errore). MNHN catalogue indicate Australia as locality.
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.58, from "neighbourhood of Sydney", N. S. W. [Diemansia cucullata]
Holotype: ZMH 531 (specimen from G. Krefft, Sydney), from Australia (by implication) [Pseudoelaps atropolios]. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Scanlon 2003: 13 
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  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
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  • PAVON-VAZQUEZ, C. J., O. JIMENEZ-ROBLES, M. ARVIZU MEZA, AND D. DASHEVSKY 2020. Geographic Distribution: Cacophis squamulosus (Golden-Crowned Snake). Australia: New South Wales: Bega Valley Shire. Herpetological Review 51: 543.
  • Rhind, David and David Steer. 2016. Cacophis squamulosus (Golden-crowned Snake) Diet/Mortality. Herpetological Review 47 (2): 308-309 - 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
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