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Simoselaps bertholdi (JAN, 1859)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Southern Desert Banded Snake, Desert Banded Snake 
SynonymElaps bertholdi JAN 1859: 123
Vermicella bertholdi — OGILBY 1891
Elaps mattozoi FERREIRA 1891: 93
Furina robusta DE VIS 1905: 51
Rhynchelaps bertholdi — THOMSON 1934
Rhynchoelaps bertholdi WORRELL 1960
Simoselaps bertholdi MENGDEN 1983
Simoselaps bertholdi — COGGER 1983: 235
Simoselaps bertholdi — WELCH 1994: 107
Simoselaps bertholdi — COGGER 2000: 683
Simoselaps bertholdi — SANDERS et al. 2008
Simoselaps bertholdi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 675 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Australia (by implication).  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 36402 (formerly ZMG 191a)
Holotype: MB (presumed lost), from Victoria [Elaps mattozoi].
Holotype: QM J205, from Coolgardie, W. A. [Furina robusta]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.


Habitat: burrowing

Type species: Elaps bertholdi JAN 1859: 123 is the type species of the genus Simoselaps JAN 1859. 
EtymologyNamed after Arnold Adolph Berthold (1803-1861), German physician and naturalist. 
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