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Elapognathus minor (GÜNTHER, 1863)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Short-nosed Snake, Little Brown Snake
G: Kleine Braunotter 
SynonymHoplocephalus minor GÜNTHER 1863 : 362
Elapognathus minor — BOULENGER 1896
Notechis minor — STORR 1982
Elapognathus minor — COGGER 1983: 224
Elapognathus minor — WELCH 1994: 59
Elapognathus minor — COGGER 2000: 649
Elaphognathus minor — BUSH & MARYAN 2006 (in error)
Elapognathus minor — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Elapognathus minor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 264 
DistributionAustralia (SW Western Australia)

Type locality: Swan River, S Australia; “Spitjwestern Australia” fide GOLAY et al. 1993.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.20.71 M (Swan River), designated by Wells & Wellington (1985). Former syntypes: BMNH 1946.1.18.64 F (Swan River); BMNH 1946.1.19.14-15 ("S. Australia”); BMNH 1964.962 (the skull from MCZ 76635), ZMB 4928 (not found), MCZ 76635 ("S. Australia", skull removed), from "S. Australia" and Swan River, W. A. (both as "S. W. Australia”). 
CommentHabitat: terrestrial


Type species: Hoplocephalus minor GÜNTHER 1863 : 362 is the type species of the genus Elapognathus BOULENGER 1896. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Bush, B. & Maryan, B. 2006. Snakes and Snake-like Reptiles of Southern Western Australia. Snakes Harmful & Harmless, Stoneville, Perth, Western Australia, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Glauert, L. 1960. A Handbook of Snakes of Western Australia, 2nd edn. Western Australian Naturalists' Club, Perth, 62 pp.
  • Golay,P, H.M. SMITH, D.G. BROADLEY, J. R. DIXON, C., MCCARTHY, J. C. RAGE, B. SCHÀTTI & M.TORIBA 1993. Endoglyphs and other major venomous snakes of the world. A checklist. [type catalogue] Aire-Genève, Azemiops S. A. Herpetological Data Center: i-xv + 1-478.
  • Günther. A. 1863. Third account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 12: 348 - 365 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson M N 1990. The generic classification of the Australian terrestrial elapid snakes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 29 (3): 397-405
  • 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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