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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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Kinghorn, 1955, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(5): 283–286
Author
J. Roy Kinghorn
Year
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
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