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Hemiaspis damelii (GÜNTHER, 1876)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Grey Snake 
SynonymHoplocephalus damelii GÜNTHER 1876: 46
Hoplocephalus suboccipitalis OGILBY 1892: 23
Denisonia daemelii BOULENGER 1896: 339 (emend. pro H. damelii)
Drepanodontis daemelii WORRELL 1961
Hemiaspis damelii — COGGER 1983: 226
Hemiaspis daemelii [sic] — WELCH 1994: 65
Hemiaspis damelii — COGGER 2000: 654
Hemiaspis damelii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Hemiaspis damelii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 325 
DistributionAustralia (SE Queensland, New South Wales)

Type locality: Peak Downs, Qld.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.18.89 (formerly, purchased Godeffroy Museum, designation by Wells & Wellington (1985).
Holotype: AMS R112 7, from Moree, N. S. W. [Hoplocephalus suboccipitalis]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Mr. Dämel. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Günther, A. 1876. Descriptions of new species of reptiles from Australia collected by Hr. Dämel for the Godeffroy Museum. Journal des Museum Godeffroy 5 (12):45-47 - get paper here
  • Michael, Damian R.; Gaye Bourke, Dena Paris, and Skye Wassens 2020. A range extension for the endangered Grey Snake Hemiaspis damelii (Günther 1876) in the Murrumbidgee catchment, southern NSW. Australian Zoologist - get paper here
  • MICHAEL, DAMIAN R.; TALIA SCHLEN & DANA LANCEMAN. 2022. A feeding observation in a free-ranging Grey Snake Hemiaspis damelii (Günther 1876) in the Murrumbidgee catchment, southern NSW. Australian Zoologist. - get paper here
  • Ogilby, J. D. 1892. On some undescribed reptiles and fishes from Australia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 2: 23-26 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • 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.
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