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Drysdalia rhodogaster (JAN, 1873)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mustard-bellied Snake 
SynonymAlecto rhodogaster JAN in JAN & SORDELLI 1863: 117 (nom. nud. ?)
Alecto rhodogaster JAN & SORDELLI 1873
Hoplocephalus collaris MACLEAY 1887
Denisonia coronoides BOULENGER 1896: 336 (part.)
Pseudelaps minutus FRY 1915: 93
Aspidomorphus minutus — MINTON et al. 1970
Drysdalia rhodogaster — COVENTRY & RAWLINSON 1980
Notechis rhodogaster — STORR 1982
Drysdalia rhodogaster — COGGER 1983: 224
Drysdalia rhodogaster — WELCH 1994: 57
Drysdalia rhodogaster — COGGER 2000: 647
Drysdalia rhodogaster — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Drysdalia rhodogaster — WALLACH et al. 2014: 250 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales)

Type locality: Australia  
TypesHolotype: ZMH 477 (= R00747) fide Coventry & Rawlinson (1980).
Holotype: MMUS (presumed lost), from near Bega, N. S. W. [Hoplocephalus collaris]
Holotype: AM R3971, from Colo Vale, N. S. W. [Pseudelaps minutus] 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983. COVENTRY & RAWLINSON 1980 removed Pseudelaps minutus from synonymy with Drysdalia mastersii.

EtymologyApparently named after Greek rhodon (a rose, hence red) and gaster (belly), in allusion to the reddish venter of the species. 
  • 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. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Fry, Dene B. 1915. Descriptions of two new species of Pseudelaps, and a key ot the genus. Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 27: 91- - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1863. Elenco Sistematico degli Ofidi descriti e disegnati per l'Iconografia Generale. Milano, A. Lombardi. vii + 143 pp. - 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 1926. Note on Pseudelaps minutus Fry. Rec. Austral. Mus. 15 (1): 65 - get paper here
  • Macleay, W. 1887. Description of a new species of Hoplocephalus. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 1: 1111-1112 - 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
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • 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.
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