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Brachyurophis fasciolatus (GÜNTHER, 1872)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Narrow-banded Shovel-nosed Snake, Narrow-banded Burrowing Snake 
SynonymRhinelaps fasciolatus GÜNTHER 1872: 34
Rhynchoelaps fasciolatus BOULENGER 1896
Vermicella fasciata STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893: 175
Hornea pulchella LUCAS & FROST 1896: 150
Rhynchelaps fasciolatus — THOMSON 1934
Simoselaps fasciolatus — COGGER 1983: 235
Simoselaps fasciolatus — HUTCHINSON 1990
Simoselaps fasciolatus fasciolatus — GOLAY 1993: 208
Simoselaps fasciolatus fasciata — GOLAY 1993: 209
Simoselaps fasciolatus — WELCH 1994: 107
Simoselaps fasciolatus — COGGER 2000: 684
Brachyurophis fasciolata fasciolata — STORR et al. 2002
Brachyurophis fasciolata fasciata — STORR et al. 2002
Brachyurophis fasciolatus — GREER 2006 (online)
Brachyurophis fasciolatus — SANDERS et al. 2008
Brachyurophis fasciolatus — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 460
Brachyurophis fasciolatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 125 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

fasciolatus: SW Australia

fasciatus: C Australia

Type locality: Perth, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.19.12
Holotype: SAMA R2935, from near the Barrow Range, W. A., vide Houston (1976) [Vermicella fasciata].
Holotype: NMV D 11226, from Charlotte Waters, N. T. [Hornea pulchella]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983, who listed Vermicella fasciata STIRLING & ZIETZ 1893 as a synonym of Simoselaps fasciolatus.


Habitat: burrowing 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin fasciolus (little band) plus -atus (possession of), referring to the body pattern. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • 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.
  • Günther,A. 1872. Seventh account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 9: 13-37 - get paper here
  • Houston, T. F. 1976. Vertebrate type-specimens in the South Australian Museum. III. Reptiles. [type catalogue] Rec. South Austral. Mus. 17: 181-187 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S. & Frost, C. 1896. Reptilia. Report on the work of the Horn Expedition to Central Australia. 2: 112-151
  • Sanders, K.L. et al. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and divergence dates for Australasian elapids and sea snakes (Hydrophiinae): evidence from seven genes for rapid evolutionary radiations. J. Evol. Biol. 21: 682 – 695 - get paper here
  • Stirling, E. C., and A. Zietz. 1893. Scientific results of the Elder Exploring Expedition. Vertebrata. Mammalia, Reptilia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 16:154-176. - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1968. The genus Vermicella (Serpentes : Elapidae) in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. J. Royal Soc. Western Australia. 50: 80-92 - get paper here
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Thomson, D. F. 1934. A new snake from north Queensland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1934: 529-531
  • 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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