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Austrelaps labialis (JAN, 1859)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pygmy Copperhead 
SynonymAlecto labialis JAN 1859: 128
Denisonia superba BOULENGER (part. ?) 1896
Austrelaps superbus — COGGER 1983: 218
Austrelaps labialis — RAWLINSON 1991
Austrelaps labialis — WELCH 1994: 27
Austrelaps labialis — COGGER 2000: 770
Austrelaps labialis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Austrelaps labialis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 86 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia)

Type locality: Australia; neotype locality: Islet 477, Pelican Lagoon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia  
TypesNeotype: SAMA R26414, designated by Rawlinson (1991). Original holotype: ZMG (presumed lost), from Australia. 
CommentFormerly included as part of Austrelaps superbus.

  • Bird P 1994. A range extension and atypical habitat for the mainland population of the pygmy copperhead Austrelaps labialis. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 24 (2): 46-47
  • 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.
  • Jan, G. 1859. Plan d'une iconographie descriptive des ophidiens et description sommaire de nouvelles espèces de serpents. Rev. Mag. Zool., Paris (2) (11-12): 122-130 - get paper here
  • Rawlinson P A 1991. Taxonomy and distribution of the Australian tiger snakes (Notechis) and copperheads (Austrelaps) (Serpentes, Elapidae). ROYAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA PROCEEDINGS 103 (2): 125-135
  • Rawlinson, P.A. 1969. The reptiles of East Gippsland. Proc. R. Soc. Vict. 82: 113-128
  • Read J L; Bedford G 1991. The distribution and ecology of the pygmy copperhead snake (Austrelaps labialis). Herpetofauna (Sydney) 21 (2): 1-6
  • SCOTT, SHAWN & RICHARD BIFFIN. 2021. Notes on a newly discovered population of the Pygmy Copperhead Austrelaps labialis (Jan, 1859) in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Australian Zoologist 2021. - 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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