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Cryptophis pallidiceps (GÜNTHER, 1858)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Western Carpentaria Snake, Northern Small-eyed Snake 
SynonymHoplocephalus pallidiceps GÜNTHER 1858: 214
Denisonia pallidiceps — BOULENGER 1896
Denisonia nigrescens BOULENGER 1896
Cryptophis pallidiceps — WORRELL 1961: 26
Cryptophis pallidiceps — COGGER 1983: 220
Rhinoplocephalus pallidiceps — HUTCHINSON 1990
Rhinoplocephalus pallidiceps — COGGER 2000: 679
Cryptophis pallidiceps — GREER 2006 (online)
Cryptophis pallidiceps — SOMAWEERA 2009
Cryptophis pallidiceps — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 466
Rhinoplocephalus pallidiceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 641
Cryptophis pallidiceps — COGGER 2014: 876 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: "Port Essington" [= Port Essington, ext. N Northern Territory, N Australia, 11°10'S, 132°08'E, elevation 0 m] via lectotype selection.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.20.65; Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.18.88 (NE Australia); BMNH 1946.1.20.64-65 (Port Essington), from Port Essington, N. T. and NE Australia (the latter is erroneous); original BMNH records show that the correct locality is NW Australia. Designation by Wells & Wellington (1995). 

Type species: Hoplocephalus pallidiceps GÜNTHER 1858: 214 is the type species of the genus Cryptophis WORRELL 1961: 26. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pallidus” = pale or yellow(ish) and “-ceps”, short suffix for “caput” = head. 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Parkin, T., Jolly, C. J., de Laive, A., & von Takach, B. 2020. Snakes on an urban plain: Temporal patterns of snake activity and human–snake conflict in Darwin, Australia. Austral Ecology - get paper here
  • Smith, L. A. 1978. The elapid snakes Denisonia pallidiceps and Denisonia suta in the Kimberleys of Western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 14: 75-76 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. 2009. Snakes of Darwin. Poster, University of Sydney
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Worrell, E. 1961. Herpetological Name Changes. Western Australian Naturalist 8: 18—27. - get paper here
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