, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 205–209 | Cite as

Asiatic cobras: Systematics and snakebite

  • W. Wüster
  • R. S. Thorpe
Research Articles


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

Naja cobra Serpentes systematics snakebite antivenom 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Wüster
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  • R. S. Thorpe
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of AberdeenAberdeen(Scotland, UK)

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