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Drysdalia mastersii (KREFFT, 1866)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMasters' Snake 
SynonymHoplocephalus mastersii KREFFT 1866: 370
Denisonia coronoides BOULENGER 1896 (part.)
Drysdalia mastersii — WORRELL 1961
Notechis mastersii — STORR 1982
Drysdalia mastersii — COGGER 1983: 224
Drysdalia mastersii — WELCH 1994: 57
Drysdalia mastersii — COGGER 2000: 647
Drysdalia mastersii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Drysdalia mastersii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 249 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales?, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

Type locality: Flindera Ranges (as Flinder's Range), S. A. Map legend:
TDWG region - 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.
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.17.42 is the only syntype (out of 7) located.
Lectotype: designated by Coventry & Rawlinson (1980). 
CommentCoventry & Rawlinson (1980) removed Pseudelaps minutus Fry 1915 from synonymy with Drysdalia mastersii.

  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Krefft, G. 1866. Descriptions of three species of snakes of the genus Hoplocephalus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1866: 370-371 - 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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