James Ramsay (22 Dec 1838-7 Oct 1913), elder brother of the zoologist and Australian Museum curator Edward Pierson Ramsay, was an important figure in Australian herpetological history, his collections being among the earliest from western New South Wales. Ramsay was based sequentially on five properties: Cardington (ca 1860-1868), Nanama and Merool Creek (1866-1877), Tyndayrey (1878-1882) and Wittagoona (1884-1889). Among his herpetological collections (lodged in the Australian Museum) were primary type specimens of three species, the frog Limnodynastes interioris Fry, 1913, the python Aspidites ramsayi (Macleay, 1882) and the elapid snake Diemenia ferox Macleay, 1882, now Oxyuranus microlepidotus (McCoy, 1878). The type locality of the two snakes is corrected from “near Fort Bourke” to James Ramsay's then property Tyndayrey. Further evidence is provided for a link between Aspidites ramsayi and two mammals now extinct in New South Wales, the bilby and the boodie, from James Ramsay's observations.
The life and herpetological collections of James Ramsay, with correction of the type localities of two rare snakes from New South Wales
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Gleen Shea; The life and herpetological collections of James Ramsay, with correction of the type localities of two rare snakes from New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 1 January 2012; 36 (2): 145–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2012.013
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