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Paroplocephalus atriceps (STORR, 1980)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesLake Cronin Snake 
SynonymBrachyaspis atriceps STORR 1980
Notechis atriceps — STORR 1982
Echiopsis atriceps — COGGER 1983
Denisonia atriceps — STORR 1984
Suta atriceps — GOLAY et al. 1993
Echiopsis atriceps — COGGER 2000: 649
Paroplocephalus atriceps — KEOGH et al. 2000
Paroplocephalus atriceps — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 494
Paroplocephalus atriceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 538 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: open eucalypt woodland on sandy loam at Lake Cronin, Western Australia, in 32°23'S, 119°45'E.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R67330 
CommentVenomous!

Type species: Brachyaspis atriceps STORR 1980 is the type species of the genus Paroplocephalus KEOGH et al. 2000. 
EtymologyNamed after its color, Latin “ater, atra, atrum” = dark or black, and “-ceps”, a short form of “caput” = head. 
References
  • Bush, B. & Maryan, B. 2006. Snakes and Snake-like Reptiles of Southern Western Australia Snakes Harmful & Harmless, Stoneville, Perth, Western Australia, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Keogh,J.S., Scott,I.A. & Scanlon,J.D. 2000. Molecular phylogeny of viviparous Australian elapid snakes: affinities of Echiopsis atriceps (Storr, 1980) and Drysdalia coronata (Schlegel 1837) with description of a new genus. Journal of Zoology 252: 317-326
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1980. A new Brachyaspis (Serpentes: Elapidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8 (3): 397-399 - 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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