Experientia

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 205–209

Asiatic cobras: Systematics and snakebite

Authors

  • W. Wüster
    • Department of ZoologyUniversity of Aberdeen
  • R. S. Thorpe
    • Department of ZoologyUniversity of Aberdeen
Research Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01945429

Cite this article as:
Wüster, W. & Thorpe, R.S. Experientia (1991) 47: 205. doi:10.1007/BF01945429

Summary

The population affinities of the Asiatic cobras of the genusNaja are investigated, using multivariate analysis of a range of morphological characters. This complex, which was formerly thought to be monospecific, consists of at least eight full species. In some cases, species whose bites require different antivenoms occur sympatrically. The new understanding of the systematics of the Asiatic cobra complex calls for a reappraisal of cobra antivenom use in Asia, and for more research into venom composition.

Key words

NajacobraSerpentessystematicssnakebiteantivenom

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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1991