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Cryptophis incredibilis (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymUnechis incredibilis WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 49
Rhinoplocephalus incredibilis — COGGER 2000: 679
Cryptophis incredibilis — GREER 2006 (online)
Cryptophis incredibilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 464
Rhinoplocephalus incredibilis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 641
Cryptophis incredibilis — COGGER 2014: 874 
DistributionAustralia (Prince of Wales Island, Torres Strait)

Type locality: "Prince of Wales Island, Torres Strait, Queensland," Australia.  
TypesHolotype: unlocated fide SHEA & Sadlier 1999: 66, but said to be in AMS. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small species of Acanthophiid snake, readily separated from all other Australian species in this family by its totally pink colouration. Cameron, et.a!. (1978: 194) provides an excellent diagnostic illustration of this species. (Wells & Wellington 1985). 
CommentNot listed by WELCH 1994.

EtymologyApparently named after its unusual coloration. No etymology is provided by Wells & Wellington 1985. 
  • 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
  • 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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