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Pseudechis pailsei (HOSER, 1998)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: False King Brown Snake 
SynonymPailsus pailsei HOSER 1998
Pailsus pailsi — WÜSTER et al. 2001
Pseudechis pailsei — WÜSTER et al. 2004
Pseudechis pailsei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 597
Pseudechis pailsei — COGGER 2014: 919
Pseudechis pailsi — MADDOCK et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: “East Leichardt Dam, near Mount Isa, Queensland, Lat. 20° 47’ [S], Long. 139° 47’ [E], Australia.”  
Reproductionoviparous (ovoviviparous) 
TypesHolotype: NMV D69704, a 1071 mm female (19 Nov. 1984). 
CommentThe status of this species was contentious for some time (e.g. WÜSTER et al. (2004) but its validity was confirmed by MADDOCK et al. 2016.


Distribution: see map of localities in MADDOCK et al. 2016. 
EtymologyNamed after Victorian reptile breeder Roy Pails. In 1998 he was aged about 42 years old and had devoted his entire life to the keeping and breeding of Australian reptiles. Based on the nomenclature rules, the name pailsei needs to be emended to pailsi (fide WÜSTER et al. 2001). However, the ICZN could be used to counter this argument: Art. 32.5.1 states : "If there is in the original publication itself, without recourse to any external source of information, clear evidence of an inadvertent error, such as a lapsus calami or a copyist's or printer's error, it must be corrected. Incorrect transliteration or latinization, or use of an inappropriate connecting vowel, are not to be considered inadvertent errors." 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Eipper, Scott 2012. A Guide To Australian Snakes In Captivity - Elapids and Colubrids. Reptile Publications, 280 pp., ISBN 9780987244789
  • Hoser, Raymond 1998. A new snake from Queensland, Australia (Serpentes: Elapidae). Monitor 10 (1): 5-9; 31 - get paper here
  • Maddock, Simon T.;Aaron Childerstone, Bryan Grieg Fry, David J. Williams , Axel Barlow, Wolfgang Wüster 2016. Multi-locus phylogeny and species delimitation of Australo-Papuan blacksnakes (Pseudechis Wagler, 1830: Elapidae: Serpentes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 107: 48-55 [2017, but published online 2016] - 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.
  • Wüster, W., B. Bush, J. S. Keogh, M. O'Shea, and R. Shine 2001. Taxonomic contributions in the "amateur" literature: comments on recent descriptions of new genera and species by Raymond Hoser. Litteratura Serpentium 21 (3): 86-91 - get paper here
  • Wüster, Wolfgang; Alex J. Dumbrell; Chris Hay; Catharine E. Pook; David J. Williams and Bryan Grieg Fry 2004. Snakes across the Strait: trans-Torresian phylogeographic relationships in three genera of Australasian snakes (Serpentes: Elapidae: Acanthophis, Oxyuranus, and Pseudechis). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33 (3): 1-14 - get paper here
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