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Hoplocephalus stephensii KREFFT, 1869

IUCN Red List - Hoplocephalus stephensii - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Stephens's Banded Snake 
SynonymHoplocephalus stephensii KREFFT 1869: 58
Hoplocephalus stephensii — COGGER 1983: 228
Hoplocephalus stephensii — WELCH 1994: 65
Hoplocephalus stephensii — COGGER 2000: 658
Hoplocephalus stephensii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Hoplocephalus stephensii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 336
Hoplocephalus stephensii — MIRTSCHIN et al. 2017 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

Type locality: Port Macquarie, on the Hastings River, N. S. W., fide Cogger (1979)  
TypesHolotype: AMS (probably) = AM R37361; ZMB 8547 labelled "typus" but probably in error (COGGER 1983). 

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after William John Stephens (1829-1890), a teacher and scholar who, after taking a B.A. (1852) and M.A. (1855) at Oxford, was appointed to be the first Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • Cogger,H.G. 1979. Type specimens of reptiles and amphibians in the Australian Museum. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32 (4): 163–210 - get paper here
  • Daly, Garry and Glenn Hoye 2016. Survey of the reptiles of the montane forests near Dorrigo on the north coast of New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 38 (1): 26-42 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Krefft, G. 1869. The Snakes of Australia; an Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species. Sydney, Govt. Printer xxv + 100 pp. - get paper here
  • Mirtschin, P., Rasmussen, A.R. & Weinstein, S.A. 2017. Australia’s Dangerous snakes. CSIRO Publishing, 424 pp. - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Waite, Edgar R. 1905. Climbing habits of an Australian snake. Rec. Austral. Mus. 6 (1): 38 - 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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