Australian Museum Journal Revision of the small tropical whipsnakes previously referred to Demansia olivacea (Gray, 1842) and Demansia torquata (Günther, 1862) (Squamata: Elapidae)

Shortform:
Shea and Scanlon, 2007, Rec. Aust. Mus. 59(2): 117–142
Author(s):
Shea, Glenn M.; Scanlon, John D.
Year published:
2007
Title:
Revision of the small tropical whipsnakes previously referred to Demansia olivacea (Gray, 1842) and Demansia torquata (Günther, 1862) (Squamata: Elapidae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
59
Issue:
2
Start page:
117
End page:
142
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.59.2007.1488
Language:
English
Date published:
29 August 2007
Cover date:
29 August 2007
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; TAXONOMY
Digitized:
29 August 2007
Available online:
29 August 2007
Reference number:
1488
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (46kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1419kb PDF)

Abstract

Demansia olivacea and Demansia torquata, as used by recent authors, are composite. Nine species are recognized based on coloration and morphology, with evidence of sympatry between several pairs of species. Demansia olivacea is restricted to the northern Kimberley and the Top End of the Northern Territory and D. torquata to eastern coastal Queensland. Demansia calodera Storr, 1978 and Demansia rufescens Storr, 1978, originally described as subspecies of D. olivacea, are raised to full species. Demansia angusticeps (Macleay, 1888), previously regarded as a synonym of D. olivacea, is resurrected for populations in the southern Kimberley, and D. flagellatio Wells & Wellington, 1985 is validated as a species restricted to northwest Queensland. Three new species are described.