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Southerly range extension of the poorly known, Queensland endemic yellow-naped snake Furina barnardi (Squamata: Elapidae) in the Mulga Lands

Title Southerly range extension of the poorly known, Queensland endemic yellow-naped snake Furina barnardi (Squamata: Elapidae) in the Mulga Lands (340 KB) pdf document icon
Author/s Ferguson, D., Mathieson, M. & Eyre, T.
Citation Ferguson, D., Mathieson, M. & Eyre, T. 2012 02 17: Southerly range extension of the poorly known, Queensland endemic yellow-naped snake Furina barnardi (Squamata: Elapidae) in the Mulga Lands. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum — Nature 56(1): 9-12. https://doi.org/10.1082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012.02
Accepted 3 September 2010
Date published 17 February 2012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012.02
Keywords Furina barnardi, range extension, Mulga Lands
Abstract
The range of Furina barnardi is extended more than 200 km south to Mount Morris Station (25.84°S, 145.63° E) near Charleville, southwestern Queensland. Despite recent concentrated survey effort in the region, this is the first record for this rarely encountered species in the Mulga Lands biogeographic region. The specimen was collected from mulga (Acacia aneura) woodland which generally matches other dry woodland areas where the species has previously been recorded. Comment is made on the incorrect usage of the divided nasal scale, an apparent key feature used in many current field guides to separate F. barnardi from its congeners.