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Hemiaspis signata (JAN, 1859)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMarsh Snake, Swamp Snake, Black-bellied Swamp Snake 
SynonymAlecto signata JAN 1859: 128
Denisonia signata BOULENGER 1896
Denisonia vagrans GARMAN 1901: 13
Drepanodontis signata — RANKIN 1972
Hemiaspis signata — COGGER 1983: 226
Hemiaspis signata — WELCH 1994: 65
Hemiaspis signata — COGGER 2000: 656
Hemiaspis signata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Hemiaspis signata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 325 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: Australia  
TypesHolotype: SMF-B 9338,2a (lost fide Cogger et al. 1983: 226); Hallermann 1998: 206 listed as holotype ZMH 4433 (formerly ZMH 775) from Sydney.
Holotype: MCZ 6490, from Dunk Is., Qld. [Denisonia vagrans] 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

Habitat: may be partially marine, occuring in marshes along the east coast of Australia.


Type species: Alecto signata JAN 1859: 128 is the type species of the genus Hemiaspis FITZINGER 1861. 
  • 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.
  • Fitzinger, L. J. 1861. Die Ausbeute der österreichischen Naturforscher an Säugethieren und Reptilien während der Weltumsegelung Sr. Majestät Fregatte Novara. Sitzungsberichte der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien 42: 383—416 - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1901. Some reptiles and batrachians from Australasia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 39: 1-14 - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1859. Plan d'une iconographie descriptive des ophidiens et description sommaire de nouvelles espèces de serpents. Rev. Mag. Zool., Paris (2) (11-12): 122-130
  • Murphy, Michael J. 1994. Reptiles and amphibians of Seven Mile Beach National park, NSW. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 24 (2): 24-30
  • Murphy, Michael J.;Daly, Garry 1997. Records of the marsh snake Hemiaspis signata near Nowra, NSW: A southern extension of the known range of the species. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 27 (2): 33-34
  • Ormsby, A. I. 1950. The marsh snake. Proc. R. Zool. Soc. N. S. W. 1948: 29-31 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Rankin, P. R. 1972. Notes on the swamp snake (Drepanodontis signata) in captivity. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 5: 15-17
  • 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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