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Taxonomy of the family Elapidae [terrestrial species]
Bibliography of the genus Pseudechis
Biodiversity of the family Elapidae [terrestrial species]








Genus
Pseudechis

Australian Black Snakes & King Brown Snakes

Schwarzottern

Australske Sortslanger, Mulgaslanger & Kongebrunslanger

1830 Alecto Wagler [not Alecto Leach 1851 (Echinodermata), not Alecto Lamouroux 1821 (Bryozoa)] (type species: Trimeresurus leptocephalus Lacepede 1804)
1830 Pseudechis Wagler (type species: Coluber porphyriacus Shaw 1794)
1984 Cannia Wells & Wellington (type species: Naja australis Gray 1842)
1985 Panacedechis Wells & Wellington (type species: Panacedechis worrelli Wells & Wellington 1985; syn. Shea & Sadlier 1999)
1998 Pailsus Hoser (type species: Pailsus rossignolii Hoser 1998; syn. Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005)
Contents: 9 species, of which 8 (88.9%) are endemic.
Distribution: New Guinea, Australia.
Reported from: Australia (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland [incl. Fraser Island, Torres Strait Islands], South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia), Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).

Pseudechis australis

King Brown Snake, Common Mulga Snake

Gewöhnliche Mulgaschlange

Kongebrunslange*

1842 Naja australis Gray
Pseudechis australis Günther 1863
Cannia australis Wells & Wellington 1985
1878 Pseudechis darwiniensis Macleay (Golay & al. 1993)
1909 Pseudechis denisonioides Werner (Golay & al. 1993)
Cannia denisonioides Wells & Wellington 1984
1933 Pseudechis platycephalus Thompson (Golay & al. 1993)
1951 Denisonia brunnea Mitchell (Golay & al. 1993)
Cannia brunnea Wells & Wellington 1984
1985 Cannia centralis Wells & Wellington (Shea & Sadlier 1999)
2001 Cannia australis aplini Hoser
2001 Cannia australis burgessi Hoser
2001 Cannia australis newmani Hoser
2013 Pailsus hoserae Hoser

Remarks: Previously included weigeli. The New Guinean population assigned to australis in older literature refer to rossignolii (Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005). Other species are most likely contained within the species australis as currently understood (Kuch, Keogh, Weigel, Smith & Mebs 2005; Maddock, Childerstone, Fry, Williams, Barlow & Wüster 2017).
Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland [incl. Torres Strait Islands], South Australia, Western Australia).


Pseudechis butleri

Spotted Mulga Snake, Yellow-bellied Black Snake, (Butler's Snake)

Gefleckte Mulgaschlange*

Plettet Mulgaslange*

1982 Pseudechis butleri Smith
Cannia butleri Wells & Wellington 1985

Distribution: Australia (Western Australia).


Pseudechis colletti

Reddish Black Snake*, (Collett's Snake, Down's Tiger Snake)

Rötliche Schwarzotter*

Rødlig Sortslange*, (Colletts Sortslange)

1902 Pseudechis colletti Boulenger
Cannia colletti Wells & Wellington 1984
Panacedechis colletti Wells & Wellington 1985

Distribution: Australia (Queensland).


Pseudechis guttatus

Spotted Black Snake, Blue-bellied Black Snake

Gefleckte Schwarznatter

Plettet Sortslange*

1905 Pseudechis guttata De Vis
Pseudechis colletti guttatus Worrell 1961
Panacedechis guttatus Wells & Wellington 1985
1911 Pseudechis mortonensis De Vis (Golay & al. 1993)
1985 Panacedechis worrelli Wells & Wellington (Shea & Sadlier 1999)

Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Queensland).


Pseudechis pailsi

Eastern Dwarf Mulga Snake, False King Brown Snake, False Mulga Snake

Östliche Zwerg-Braunschlange*

Østlig Dværgbrunslange*

1998 Pailsus pailsei Hoser
Pailsus pailsi [justified emendation] Wüster, Bush, Keogh, O'Shea & Shine 2001*
Pseudechis pailsi Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005*

Remarks: Previously regarded as a population of australis. Validity as a separate species confirmed by Maddock, Childerstone, Fry, Williams, Barlow & Wüster (2017). Considered endemic to Queensland herein, since the taxonomic status of Northern Territory records is uncertain (Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005; Cogger 2014). Correct spelling of specific epithet is pailsi, according to Wüster, Bush, Keogh, O'Shea & Shine (2001), however, the spelling pailsei is still used by some authors (e.g., Cogger 2014).
Distribution: Australia (Queensland).


Pseudechis papuanus

Papuan Black Snake

Papuanische Schwarzotter*

Papuansk Sortslange*

1878 Pseudechis papuanus Peters & Doria
Panacedechis papuanus Hoser 2009
2009 Panacedechis papuanus trevorhawkeswoodi Hoser

Distribution: Australia (Queensland [incl. Torres Strait Islands]), Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Pseudechis porphyriacus

Red-bellied Black Snake

Rotbäuchige Schwarzotter

Rødbuget Sortslange*

1794 Coluber porphyriacus Shaw
Duberria porphyriaca Fitzinger 1826
Pseudechis porphyriacus Günther 1863
Pseudechis porphyriacus Hutchinson 1990
1804 Trimeresurus leptocephalus Lacepede (Golay & al. 1993)
1820 Coluber porphyreus Merrem (Golay & al. 1993)
Naja porphyrea Schlegel 1844
Trimeresurus porphyreus Duméril, Bibron & Duméril 1854
1830 Acanthophis tortor Lesson in Duperrey (Golay & al. 1993)
1837 Naja porphyrica Schlegel (Golay & al. 1993)
Trimeresurus porphyricus Guérin-Méneville 1844
2003 Pseudechis porphyriacus eipperi Hoser
2003 Pseudechis porphyriacus rentoni Hoser

Distribution: Australia (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland [incl. Fraser Island], South Australia, Victoria).


Pseudechis rossignolii

Papuan Brown Snake*

Papuanische Braunotter*

Papuansk Brunslange*

2000 Pailsus rossignolii Hoser
Pseudechis rossignolii Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005

Remarks: Previously regarded as a New Guinean population of australis (e.g., O’Shea 1996). Validity as a separate species confirmed by Maddock, Childerstone, Fry, Williams, Barlow & Wüster (2017). Although reported from the Papua New Guinean part of the island (e.g., Scott 1977; Parker 1982; Whitaker, Whitaker & Mills 1982 [as australis]), only a possible sighting record exist from the country so far, however, the species may occur in the country, near the border to Western New Guinea.
Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea).


Pseudechis weigeli

Western Dwarf Mulga Snake*, Western Pygmy Mulga Snake, (Weigel's Black Snake)

Westliche Zwerg-Braunotter*

Vestlig Dværgbrunslange*

1988 Cannia weigeli Wells & Wellington
Pailsus weigeli Hoser 2002
Pseudechis weigeli Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of australis by some authors (e.g., Shea & Sadlier 1999; Wilson & Swan 2010; Wallach, Williams & Boundy 2014), but as a valid species by others (e.g., Wüster, Dumbrell, Hay, Pook, Williams & Fry 2005; Wilson & Swan 2010; Cogger 2014; Maddock, Childerstone, Fry, Williams, Barlow & Wüster 2017). A record from Queensland (Wilson & Swan 2010) seems to have been based on pailsi, a species these authors did not recognize.
Distribution: Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia).