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Drysdalia coronoides (GÜNTHER, 1858)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: White-lipped Snake
G: Weißlippen-Otter 
SynonymHoplocephalus coronoides GÜNTHER 1858: 215
Alecto labialis JAN & SORDELLI 1873
Hoplocephalus coronoides — MCCOY 1878: 8
Denisonia coronoides — BOULENGER 1896 (part.)
Denisonia nigra DE VIS 1905: 50
Denisonia coronoides — KINGHORN 1924
Drysdalia coronoides — WORRELL 1961
Notechis coronoides STORR 1982
Drysdalia coronoides — COGGER 1983: 223
Drysdalia coronoides — WELCH 1994: 57
Drysdalia coronoides — COGGER 2000: 646
Drysdalia coronoides — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Drysdalia coronoides — WALLACH et al. 2014: 249 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria)

Type locality: Tas. (original description cites Tasmania and Australia), designated by Coventry & Rawlinson (1980). Map legend:
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TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.39
Holotype: MNHP (status unknown), from Australia [Alecto labialis]
Holotype: QM J196, from Tasmania [Denisonia nigra]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.


Type species: Hoplocephalus coronoides GÜNTHER 1858: 215 is the type species of the genus Drysdalia WORRELL 1961.

Diet: skinks 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Coventry, A. J. & Rawlinson, P. A. 1980. Taxonomic revision of the elapid snake genus Drysdalia Worrell, 1961. Mem. Natl. Mus. Vict. 41: 65-78
  • de Vis, Charles Walter de 1905. A new genus of lizard. On Typhlops torresianus. Ann. Queensland Museum (Brisbane) 6: 48 - get paper here
  • de Vis, Charles Walter de 1905. A new genus of lizard. Ann. Queensland Museum (Brisbane) 6: 46-52
  • Dubey, Sylvain; J. Scott Keogh, Richard Shine 2010. Plio-pleistocene diversification and connectivity between mainland and Tasmanian populations of Australian snakes (Drysdalia, Elapidae, Serpentes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (3): 1119-1125 - get paper here
  • Gomard, Guillaume 2015. Tigerottern: eine Einladung zum Kennenlernen der Reptilien Tasmaniens. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (4): 44-51 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Hutchinson, M.N. 1979. The reptiles of Kinglake National Park. Victorian Naturalist 96: 124-134 - get paper here
  • Jan, G. & Sordelli, F. 1873. Iconographie Générale des Ophidiens. Atlas 1860-1881. Milan: Jan & Sordelli, 50 livr. - get paper here
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1924. Reptiles and batrachians from south and south-west Australia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 14 (3): 163-183 - get paper here
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1926. Note on Pseudelaps minutus Fry. Rec. Austral. Mus. 15 (1): 65 - get paper here
  • McCoy, F. 1878. Hoplocephalus coronoides (Günth.) The white-lipped snake [... etc.] Prod. Zool. Vict. 2: 7-9 - get paper here
  • Shine, R. 1981. Venomous snakes in cold climates: ecology of the Australian genus Drysdalia (Serpentes : Elapidae). Copeia 1981 (1): 14-25 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. 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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