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Parasuta spectabilis (KREFFT, 1869)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesParasuta spectabilis bushi (STORR 1988)
Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor (STORR 1981)
Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis (KREFFT 1869) 
Common NamesSpectacled Hooded Snake, Bush’s Hooded Snake 
SynonymSuta spectabilis spectabilis (KREFFT 1869)
Hoplocephalus spectabilis KREFFT 1869: 61
Unechis gouldii — SHINE 1979 (fide COGGER 1983)
Unechis spectabilis MENGDEN 1983
Unechis spectabilis — COGGER 1983: 239
Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis STORR 1984
Suta spectabilis HUTCHINSON 1990
Suta spectabilis — COGGER 2000: 692
Parasuta spectabilis — GREER 2006 (online)
Parasuta spectabilis — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 492
Parasuta spectabilis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 534

Suta spectabilis bushi (STORR 1988)
Rhinoplocephalus spectabilis bushi STORR 1988
Parasuta bushi — BUSH 2003 (on web site)
Parasuta spectabilis bushi — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 494

Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor (STORR 1981)
Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 492 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland)

bushi: Esperance region, West Australia.
nullarbor: Western Australia (Nullarbor Plain and adjacent coast), South Australia

Type locality: Port Lincoln, S. A. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: not found
Holotype: WAM R66626, from 4 km S of (new) Eucla, 31° 43 S, 128° 52' E, W. A. [nullarbor]. 
CommentSubspecies: Suta spectabilis dwyeri has been raised to species status. S. s. bushi may be extinct already (based on B. Bush’s web site).

  • 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.
  • Hutchinson M N 1990. The generic classification of the Australian terrestrial elapid snakes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 29 (3): 397-405
  • 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
  • Shine, R. 1979. Activity patterns in Australian elapid snakes (Squamata : Serpentes: Elapidae). Herpetologica 35 (1): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Storr, G.M. 1981. The Denisonia gouldii species-group (Serpentes, Elapidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8: 501-515 - get paper here
  • Storr, G.M. 1988. A new Rhinoplocephalus (Serpentes: Elapidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14 (1): 137-138 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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