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Acrochordus arafurae MCDOWELL, 1979

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Higher TaxaAcrochordidae, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Arafura filesnake 
SynonymAcrochordus arafurae MCDOWELL 1979
Acrochordus arafurae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 226
Acrochordus arafurae — COGGER 2000: 615
Acrochordus arafurae — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Acrochordus arafurae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 7 
DistributionE Indonesia, New Guinea, N Australia (coastal areas of Northern Territory, Queensland)

Type locality: Lake Daviumbo, western Province.  
Reproductionviviparous. Acrochordus arafurae may be the second parthenogenetic snake species (after Ramphotyplops braminus). 
TypesHolotype: AMNH 59887 
CommentHabitat: marine 
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  • 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.
  • Doody, J. Sean, Gary Vas and Phill Mangion. 2015. Acrochordus arafurae (Arafura file snake) foraging / prey coralling behavior. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 441 - get paper here
  • Dubach, Jean, Agatha Sajewicz and Ray Pawley 1997. Parthenogenesis in the Arafuran file snake (Acrochordus arafurae). Herpetological Natural History 5 (1):11-18.
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
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  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Parkin, T., Jolly, C. J., de Laive, A., & von Takach, B. 2020. Snakes on an urban plain: Temporal patterns of snake activity and human–snake conflict in Darwin, Australia. Austral Ecology - get paper here
  • Sanders, Kate L.; Mumpuni, Amir Hamidy, Jason J. Head, David J. Gower 2010. Phylogeny and divergence times of filesnakes (Acrochordus): Inferences from morphology, fossils and three molecular loci. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (3): 857-867 - get paper here
  • Shine, R. 1986. Sexual differences in morphology and niche utilization in an aquatic snake, Acrochordus arafurae. Oecologia (Berl.) 69: 260-267 - get paper here
  • Shine, R. 1986. Predation upon filesnakes (Acrochordus arafurae) by aboriginal hunters: selectivity with respect to size, sex and reproductive condition Copeia 1986 (1): 238-239. - get paper here
  • Shine, Richard; Claire Goiran, Catherine Shilton, Shai Meiri, Gregory P Brown 2019. The life aquatic: an association between habitat type and skin thickness in snakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, blz136 - get paper here
  • Somaweera, R. 2009. Snakes of Darwin. Poster, University of Sydney
  • 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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