Acanthophis laevis


Taxonavigation: Elapoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Elapoidea

Familia: Elapidae
Subfamily: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Acanthophis
Species: A. antarcticus – A. barnetti – A. ceramensis – A. crotalusei – A. cryptamydros – A. cummingi – A. hawkei – A. laevis – A. praelongus – A. pyrrhus – A. rugosus – A. wellsi


Acanthophis Daudin, 1803


  • Aplin, K.P. & Donnellan, S.C. 1999: An extended description of the Pilbara Death Adder, Acanthophis wellsi Hoser (Serpentes: Elapidae), with notes on the Desert Death Adder, A. pyrrhus Boulenger, and identification of a possible hybrid zone. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 19: 277–298.
  • Hoser, R. 1998: Death adders (genus Acanthophis): an overview, including descriptions of five new species and one subspecies. Monitor (Victoria), 9 (2): 20–30, 33-41.
  • Hoser, R. 2002: Death adders (genus Acanthophis): an updated overview, including descriptions of 3 new island species and 2 new Australian subspecies. Crocodilian, 4 (1): 5–7, 9-11, 14, 16-22, 24-30.
  • Hoser, R.T. 2016a. Acanthophis lancasteri Wells and Wellington, 1985 gets hit with a dose of Crypto! ... this is not the last word on Death Adder taxonomy and nomenclature. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 31: 3-11. Full article (PDF). Reference page
  • Kaiser, H., Crother, B.I., Kelly, C.M.R., Luiselli, L., O'Shea, M., Ota, H., Passos, P., Schleip, W. & Wüster, W. 2013: Best practices: in the 21st century, taxonomic decisions in herpetology are acceptable only when supported by a body of evidence and published via peer-review. Herpetological Review, 44: 8–23. [1]
  • Maddock, S.T., Ellis, R.J., Doughty, P., Smith, L.A. & Wüster, W. 2015. A new species of death adder (Acanthophis: Serpentes: Elapidae) from north-western Australia. Zootaxa 4007(3): 301–326. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4007.3.1. Preview (PDF). Full article (PDF).   Reference page

Vernacular namesEdit

Deutsch: Todesottern
English: Death Adders
lietuvių: Mirtinosios gyvatės
Nederlands: Noordelijke doodsadder
norsk: Acanthophis
русский: Смертельные змеи