Pseudechis pailsei (HOSER, 1998)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudechis pailsei?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: False King Brown Snake|
|Synonym||Pailsus 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
|Distribution||Australia (N Queensland)|
Type locality: “East Leichardt Dam, near Mount Isa, Queensland, Lat. 20° 47’ [S], Long. 139° 47’ [E], Australia.”
|Types||Holotype: NMV D69704, a 1071 mm female (19 Nov. 1984).|
|Comment||The 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.
|Etymology||Named 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."|
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