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Pseudechis weigeli (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1987)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymCannia weigeli WELLS & WELLINGTON 1987
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis burgessi HOSER 2001
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis newmani HOSER 2001
Cannia (Pseudechis) australis aplini HOSER 2001
Pailsus weigeli — HOSER 2002
Pseudechis weigeli — WÜSTER et al. 2004
Pseudechis weigeli — WILSON & SWAN 2008
Pseudechis weigeli — MADDOCK et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Kimberley ranges)

Type locality: Port Essington, N.T., Australia  
Reproductionoviparous (ovoviviparous) 
TypesHolotype: WAM R98871 (formerly AMS R123995, originally cited as Australian Zoological Museum [authors' collection] 1000), Mitchell River, ca 2 km upstream from Mitchell Falls, WA, collected J. Weigel 12.i.1989). Also given as BMNH 1946.1.20.39, but now in WAM.
Holotype: AM R31927, from Port Darwin, N. T. [darwiniensis]
Holotype: none; description based on literature records (see also under Pseudonaja textilis Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854), from "Murray River", N. S. W. /Vic. [cupreus]
Holotype: not found, from Eradu, W. A. [denisonioides]
Holotype: NMV D12355, from East Alligator River, Arnhem Land, N. T. [Pseudechis platycephalus]
Holotype: SAMA R3151, from Mount Wedge, near Elliston on the W coast of Eyre Peninsula, S. A. [brunnea] 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983. Wüster et al. (2004) consider Pailsus rossignolii and Pseudechis weigeli as a valid species based on DNA sequence divergence. This was confirmed by MADDOCK et al. 2016. Listed as synonym of Pseudechis australis by WALLACH et al. 2014: 596.

Distribution: see map of localities in MADDOCK et al. 2016.

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