Australian Museum Journal Herpetological notes. No. 5

Shortform:
Kinghorn, 1955, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(5): 283–286
Author(s):
Kinghorn, J. Roy
Year published:
1955
Title:
Herpetological notes. No. 5
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
23
Issue:
5
Start page:
283
End page:
286
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1955.638
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xiv
Date published:
01 September 1955
Cover date:
01 September 1955
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
22 April 2009
Available online:
22 July 2009
Reference number:
638
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (93kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (716kb PDF)

Abstract

Recent investigation shows that Rhynchoelaps bertholdi belongs to an entirely different genus of snakes from other species generally placed in the same genus. R. bertholdi has what may be described as typical elapine type head scalation, whilst other members of the group have a shovel-shaped snout, with a more or less oblique arrangement of head shields, naturally conforming to the disposition of the bones of the skull. Only one member of the shovel-snouted group has a more or less normal type arrangement of shields, but it is quite distinct from bertholdi. This species is fasciolata, originally named Rhinelaps fasciolatus Gunther, but in this the nasal is widely separated from the preocular: Jan, in Rev. et Mag. Zool., p. 518, Dec. 1858, first mentioned E. bertholdi with Rhynchoelaps proposed as a subgenus, but there was no description. In the same magazine, 1859, 2, ii, p. 123 he uses the name Simoselaps, genotype E. bertholdi and gave a fairly full description; so it would appear that Simoselaps should be used; but because of common usage I propose at present to refer it to Rhynchoelaps bertholdi. Etc.

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