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Demansia flagellatio WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDemansia flagellatio WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Demansia flagellatio — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia flagellatio — WALLACH et al. 2014: 213 
DistributionAustralia (NW Queensland)

Type locality: Mt Isa district, Queensland  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R64867, collected by D. Stammer. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small, very slender Demansia (SVL up to 510 mm) with very long tail (subcaudals up to 115) and a bold black and yellow head pattern, including yellow postocular bar separated from broad anterior yellow nuchal band, and a second prominent black nuchal band posterior to a prominent posterior yellow nuchal band, but lacking obvious dark markings on anterior ventrals.
CommentSynonymy: Prior to its description, D. flagellatio was illustrated by Stammer (in Horton 1976) and Cogger (1975), who both referred the species, either implicitly or explicitly, to D. torquata.

EtymologyNo etymology for the name was provided by Wells & Wellington (1985). “Flagellatio” is presumably an abstract noun formed from the Latin verb lagellare (to whip), with the sense of “a whipping”. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Horton, H. 1976. Around Mount Isa. A Guide to the Flora and Fauna. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press.
  • Shea, G.M. & Scanlon 2007. Revision of the small tropical whipsnakes previously referred to Demansia olivacea (Gray, 1842) and Demansia torquata (Guenther, 1862) (Squamata: Elapidae). Rec. Austral. Mus. 59 (2-3): 117-142 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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