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Simoselaps minimus (WORRELL, 1960)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Dampierland Burrowing Snake 
SynonymMelwardia minima WORRELL 1960: 132
Vermicella minima — STORR 1978
Simoselaps minimus — MENGDEN 1983
Simoselaps minimus — COGGER 1983: 136
Simoselaps minima — HUTCHINSON 1990
Simoselaps minima — WELCH 1994: 107
Simoselaps minimus — COGGER 2000: 686
Simoselaps minimus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Simoselaps minimus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 675 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Broome, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R16494 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: There are no close affinities. Characterized by 15 midbody scale rows; 124 ventrals; paired anal; 18 subcaudals of which the first three are single and the balance paired. Pale brown above, black patch on head and another on the neck ventrals creamish (Worrell 1960: 132). 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin minimus (smallest), in reference to the small size of the species. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Storr, G. M. 1979. Revisionary notes on the genus Vermicella (Serpentes: Elapidae). Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8 (1): 75-79 - 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.
  • Worrell, E. 1960. A new elapine snake from Western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 7: 132-134 - get paper here
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