Demansia angusticeps (MACLEAY, 1888)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Demansia angusticeps?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Diemenia angusticeps MACLEAY 1888|
Demansia angusticeps — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia angusticeps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 213
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia, Northern Territory: southern Kimberley, from 325 km SW Broome in the south, north-west to Pender Bay, north to “Old Theda” HS [the only record in the northern or central Kimberley] and east to the Victoria River valley).|
Type locality: from the vicinity of King’s Sound, WA.
|Types||Holotype: AMS (AM) R31921|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderately large (SVL to 676 mm) Demansia lacking dark or pale nuchal collars or dark spots on anterior ventrals, but possessing a dark transrostral streak that is usually excluded from the orbit and well-developed pale pre- and postocular bars.|
|Comment||Demansia olivacea rufescens STORR 1978 and Demansia olivacea calodera STORR 1978 have been elevated to species status.|
Diemenia angusticeps has been considered as a synonym of Demansia olivacea since BOULENGER 1896 until its resurrection by SHEA & SCANLON 2007.
|Etymology||Although not explicitly stated by Macleay, the name angusticeps is presumably derived from the Latin angustus (narrow) and -ceps (head), calling attention to the long narrow head of this and other Demansia.|