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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesParasuta spectabilis bushi (STORR 1988)
Parasuta spectabilis nullarbor (STORR 1981)
Parasuta spectabilis spectabilis (KREFFT 1869) 
Common NamesE: Spectacled 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, Western Australia.
nullarbor: Western Australia (Nullarbor Plain and adjacent coast), South Australia

Type locality: Port Lincoln, S. A.  
TypesSyntypes: AMS (AM) R131133-35, R131137, R131139 (formerly 6593-95, 6597, 6599), Port Lincoln, SA, collected G. Masters; BMNH, "Flinders Ranges" [in error], presented Krefft. See Shea & Sadlier (1999).
Holotype: WAM R66626, from 4 km S of (new) Eucla, 31° 43 S, 128° 52' E, W. A. [nullarbor].
Holotype: WAM R96223, collected by B.G. Bush on 6 October 1986 [bushi] 
CommentSubspecies: Suta spectabilis dwyeri has been raised to species status. S. s. bushi may be extinct already (based on B. Bush’s web site).

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  • 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.
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