Molecular phylogeny of viviparous Australian elapid snakes: affinities of Echiopsis atriceps (Storr, 1980) and Drysdalia coronata (Schlegel, 1837), with description of a new genus

  title={Molecular phylogeny of viviparous Australian elapid snakes: affinities of Echiopsis atriceps (Storr, 1980) and Drysdalia coronata (Schlegel, 1837), with description of a new genus},
  author={J. Scott Keogh and Ian A. W. Scott and John D. Scanlon},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
The rare Australian venomous elapid snake ‘Echiopsis’ atriceps has been the subject of considerable taxonomic instability with the five known specimens assigned to four genera by various authorities. Phylogenetic affinities of the rare Elapognathus minor also are poorly understood and have been the subject of some disagreement. To examine the phylogenetic affinities of these two rare taxa, a molecular data set comprising 1680 base pairs of mtDNA was assembled from a representative of each of… 

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