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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 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, 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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