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Pseudechis weigeli (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1987)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymCannia weigeli WELLS & WELLINGTON 1987
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis burgessi HOSER 2001
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis newmani HOSER 2001
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis aplini HOSER 2001
Pailsus weigeli — HOSER 2002
Pseudechis weigeli — WÜSTER et al. 2004
Pseudechis weigeli — WILSON & SWAN 2008
Pseudechis weigeli — MADDOCK et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Kimberley ranges)

Type locality: Port Essington, N.T., Australia  
Reproductionoviparous (ovoviviparous) 
TypesHolotype: WAM R98871 (formerly AMS R123995, originally cited as Australian Zoological Museum [authors' collection] 1000), Mitchell River, ca 2 km upstream from Mitchell Falls, WA, collected J. Weigel 12.i.1989). Also given as BMNH 1946.1.20.39, but now in WAM.
Holotype: AM R31927, from Port Darwin, N. T. [darwiniensis]
Holotype: none; description based on literature records (see also under Pseudonaja textilis Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854), from "Murray River", N. S. W. /Vic. [cupreus]
Holotype: not found, from Eradu, W. A. [denisonioides]
Holotype: NMV D12355, from East Alligator River, Arnhem Land, N. T. [Pseudechis platycephalus]
Holotype: SAMA R3151, from Mount Wedge, near Elliston on the W coast of Eyre Peninsula, S. A. [brunnea] 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983. Wüster et al. (2004) consider Pailsus rossignolii and Pseudechis weigeli as a valid species based on DNA sequence divergence. This was confirmed by MADDOCK et al. 2016. Listed as synonym of Pseudechis australis by WALLACH et al. 2014: 596.

Distribution: see map of localities in MADDOCK et al. 2016.

EtymologyNamed after John Randall Weigel (b. 1955), who dropped out of university and worked as a keeper and showman at the California Alligator Farm. He emigrated to Australia (1981) and since then has worked at the Australian Reptile Park, New South Wales, buying the business (1984) and becoming its Director in partnership with a local businessman. 
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