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Morphology, Reproduction and Diet in Australian and Papuan Death Adders (Acanthophis, Elapidae)

Shine, Richard; Spencer, Carol L.; Keogh, J Scott


Death adders (genus Acanthophis) differ from most other elapid snakes, and resemble many viperid snakes, in their thickset morphology and ambush foraging mode. Although these snakes are widely distributed through Australia and Papua New Guinea, their basic biology remains poorly known. We report morphological and ecological data based upon dissection of >750 museum specimens drawn from most of the range of the genus. Female death adders grow larger than conspecific males, to about the same...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094216
Access Rights: Open Access


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