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Drysdalia mastersii (KREFFT, 1866)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Masters' 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 (South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

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

Distribution: All NSW populations formerly ascribed to mastersii are now rhodogaster. Mastersii is restricted to NW Victoria, southern SA and SE WA (G. Shea, pers. comm., 5 March 2021).

EtymologyNamed after George Masters (1837-1912), an English entomologist who emigrated to Australia. 
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  • 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 - get paper here
  • 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
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