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Antaioserpens albiceps (BOULENGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: North-eastern Plain-nosed Burrowing Snake, Robust Burrowing Snake 
SynonymPseudelaps albiceps BOULENGER 1898: 414
Denisonia rostralis DE VIS 1911
Rhynchelaps fuscicollis LÖNNBERG & ANDERSSON 1915
Antaioserpens albiceps — COUPER et al. 2016: 402 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Port Douglas, Qld  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.50 (formerly, collected by R. Broom. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A. albiceps is distinguished from all other Australia elapids by the following suite of characters: eyes small; snout weakly shovel shaped, rostral scale lacking an acute transverse cutting edge; nasal and preocular scale separated by prefrontal / supralabial contact; two primary temporal scales; 15 midbody rows; subcaudals divided; a black bar between the eyes and another broad black bar across the nape; dorsal body scales with dark, even edges forming a reticulated pattern [COUPER et al. 2016: 402]. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1898. Description of two new snakes from Queensland. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 2: 414 - get paper here
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; STEPHEN R. PECK, JON-PAUL EMERY, J. SCOTT KEOGH 2016. Two snakes from eastern Australia (Serpentes: Elapidae); a revised concept of Antaioserpens warro (De Vis) and a redescription of A. albiceps (Boulenger). Zootaxa 4097 (3): 396–408 - get paper here
  • De Vis, C. W. 1911. Description of snakes apparently new. Ann. Qd Mus. 10: 22-25
  • Lönnberg, E. & Andersson, G. L. 1915. Results of Dr. E. Mjöberg's Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-1913. VII. Reptiles collected in northern Queensland. Kungl. Svenska Vetensk. -Akad. Hand]. 52 (7): 1-9 - get paper here
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