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Vermicella vermiformis KEOGH & SMITH, 1996

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymVermicella vermiformis KEOGH & SMITH 1996: 695
Vermicella vermiformis — COGGER 2000: 773
Vermicella vermiformis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Vermicella vermiformis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 786 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: "Alice Springs, Northern Territory (23_42'S, 133_53'E)."  
TypesHolotype: NTM R34484 (= 34485 under illustration of holotype), a 494 mm male (6 June 1972). Formerly NTM5959 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Vermicella vermiformis can be differentiated from V . intermedia and V . multifasciata by the condition of the internasal scales (present in V . vermiformis) and the lower number of body and tail bands. V . vermiformis can be differentiated from V . annulata by its higher number of ventral scales and thinner body, and from V . snelli by its wider body and (usually) lower number of ventral scales. See Figs 4-6 for interspecific comparisons in these characters (Keogh & Smith 1996). 
EtymologyThe specific name, like the generic name, is a derivative of the Latin 'vermis' for worm and is in reference to the long thin body and fossorial nature of the species. 
  • 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.
  • DEREZ, CHANTELLE M.; KEVIN ARBUCKLE, ZHIQIANG RUAN, BING XIE, YU HUANG, LAUREN DIBBEN, QIONG SHI, FREEK J. VONK, BRYAN G. FRY 2018. A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia. Zootaxa 4446 (1): 001–012 [erratum in Zootaxa 4461(4): 600] - get paper here
  • Keogh, J.S.; Smith, S.A. 1996. Taxonomy and natural history of the Australian bandy-bandy snakes (Elapidae: Vermicella) with a description of two new species. Journal of Zoology 240: 677-701 - get paper here
  • MCDONALD, Peter J.; Gary W. LUCK 2014. Preliminary Insights into the Habitat Preferences of the Centralian Bandy Bandy (Vermicella vermiformis) (Squamata: Elapidae) in Central Australia. Asian Herpetological Research 5 (1): - 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.
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