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Stegonotus cucullatus (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Slatey-grey snake
G: Schiefernatter 
SynonymLycodon cucullatum DUMÉRIL, DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 376
Zamenophis australis GÜNTHER 1872: 21
Lydodon keyensis DORIA 1874: 351
Lycodon magnus MEYER 1874: 136
Lycodon darnleyensis MACLEAY 1877: 38
Herbertophis plumbeus MACLEAY 1884: 434
Stegonotus cucullatus — BOULENGER 1893: 365
Stegonotus plumbeus — BOULENGER 1893: 368
Stegonotus reticulatus BOULENGER 1895: 31
Stegonotus magnus — LIDTH DE JEUDE 1911: 273
Stegonotus cucullatus - COGGER 1983: 213
Stegonotus cucullatus — COGGER 2000: 627
Stegonotus cucullatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Stegonotus cucullatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 685 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (+ FergusonI, Normanby Islands, Woodlark I, Rossel Islands)
Australia (North Territory, Queensland), Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Dore, Japen Island, Indonesia Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: MNHN Paris (= MNHP) 3412, from Dore, Japen Is., Indonesia (as Hâvre Dorey, Nouvefle Guinée).
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.14.93, from Cape York, Qld. [Zamenophis australis]
Holotype: MCG C. E. 7521, from Kei Ils., Indonesia [Lydodon keyensis]
Syntypes: unknown, from Biak Is. (as Mysore), Irian Jaya, Indonesia; New Guinea [Lycodon magnus].
Holotype: AM R31894, from Darnley Is., Torres Strait, Qld. [Lycodon darnleyensis].
Holotype: AM R31895, from Ripple Creek, Herbert River, Qld. [Herbertophis plumbeus].
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.14.87-88, from Fergusson Is., Papua New Guinea [Stegonotus reticulatus]. 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Behavior: nocturnal 
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