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Definition of DENISONIA
: a genus of venomous Australian snakes of the family Elapidae including the copperhead (D. superba)
Biographical Note for DENISONIA
Den·i·son\ˈden-ə-sən\ , Sir William Thomas(1804–1871), Australian statesman. Denison was governor of New South Wales from 1854 to 1861. In his spare time he was an avid conchologist. In 1860 he appointed as a curator of the Australian Museum Johann Ludwig Gerard Krefft (1830–1881). Krefft was an all-around zoologist but specialized in snakes. His published works include some 200 articles and a book-length work on the snakes of Australia. One of the species described was the Australian copperhead, which he named Denisonia superba after his benefactor.
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