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Suta flagellum (MCCOY, 1878)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Whip Hooded Snake, Little Whip Snake 
SynonymHoplocephalus flagellum MCCOY 1878: 7
Denisonia flagellum — BOULENGER 1896
Cryptophis flagellum — WORRELL 1961
Suta flagellum — MCDOWELL 1970
Unechis flagellum — COGGER 1975
Unechis flagellum — COGGER 1983: 238
Rhinoplocephalus flagellum — STORR 1984
Suta flagellum — HUTCHINSON 1990
Suta flagellum — WELCH 1994: 109
Suta flagellum — COGGER 2000: 689
Parasuta flagellum — GREER 2006 (online)
Parasuta flagellum — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 492
Parasuta flagellum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 534
Suta flagellum — MARYAN et al. 2020 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria)  
TypesLectotype: NMV D4259, from Boroondara, Vic. (original type localities were Boroondara, Prahran, South Brighton, Caulfield and Mount Martha, Vic.), designation by Coventry (1970). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin flagellum (= whip), presumably referring to the appearance of the species, although McCoy (1878) did not explicitly explain the etymology. 
  • 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.
  • Coventry, A. J. 1970. Reptile and amphibian type specimens housed in the National Museum of Victoria. Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 31: 115-124. - get paper here
  • Coventry, A. J. 1971. Identification of the black-headed snakes (Denisonia) within Victoria. Victorian Naturalist 88: 304-306 - get paper here
  • Hansen, N. A., & Oliver, D. L. 2020. Observations of an aggregation between two species of Australian elapid snakes: the threatened Little Whip Snake Parasuta flagellum and Common Eastern Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis. Australian Zoologist 41(2): 179–185. - get paper here
  • MARYAN, BRAD; IAN G. BRENNAN, MARK N. HUTCHINSON, LUKAS S. GEIDANS 2020. What’s under the hood? Phylogeny and taxonomy of the snake genera Parasuta Worrell and Suta Worrell (Squamata: Elapidae), with a description of a new species from the Pilbara, Western Australia. Zootaxa 4778 (1): 1–47 - get paper here
  • McCoy, F. 1878. Hoplocephalus coronoides (Günth.) The white-lipped snake [... etc.] Prod. Zool. Vict. 2: 7-9 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Tibby, M. 2023. First observation of leucism in the Little Whipsnake, Suta flagellum, in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia. Herpetology Notes, 16, 897-900
  • Turner, G. S. 2023. Variation in head pigmentation, scalation and body colouration in populations of the Little Whip Snake Suta flagellum (Elapidae) near Melbourne. Victorian Naturalist, 140(4) - get paper here
  • Turner, Grant 1998. Evidence of diurnal mate-searching in male little whip snakes, Suta flagellum (Elapidae). Herpetofauna (Sydney) 28 (1): 46-50
  • Turner, Grant S 2019. Notes on the natural history of the little whip snake 'Parasuta flagellum' (Elapidae) from basalt plains grasslands near Melbourne. Victorian Naturalist 136 (4):
  • TURNER, GRANT. 2021. Scale anomalies in the Little Whip Snake Suta flagellum (Elapidae). The Victorian Naturalist 138: 45-52. - 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.
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