You are here » home advanced search Demansia papuensis

Demansia papuensis (MACLEAY, 1877)

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Demansia papuensis?

Add your own observation of
Demansia papuensis »

Find more photos by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaElapidae, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesDemansia papuensis melaena STORR 1978
Demansia papuensis papuensis (MACLEAY 1877) 
Common NamesPapuan whip snake 
SynonymDiemenia papuensis MACLEAY 1877: 40
Diemenia psammophis BOULENGER 1896
Demansia olivacea papuensis
Demansia papuensis — COGGER 1983: 221
Demansia papuensis melaena STORR 1978
Demansia papuensis — SHEA 1998
Demansia papuensis — COGGER 2000: 641
Demansia papuensis — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia papuensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia),
S Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya) ? [see comment].

papuensis: New Guinea

melaena: Australia (Kimberley region , NE Queensland)

Type locality: Papua New Guinea (probably Hall Sound). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R31919
Holotype: WAM R47590, from Katherine, 14° 28'S, 132° 16'E, N. T. [melaena] 
CommentD. papuensis is now believed confined to Australia, despite its name, and D. atra in NG is now known as D. vestigata (Shea 1998). Distribution of subspecies after COGGER 2000.



Venomous! 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Papua New Guinea. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger,H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Escoriza Boj, D. 2005. Australia. Reptiles and Amphibians, Part 2: Desert and tropical savanna. Reptilia (GB) (41): 52-57 - get paper here
  • Macleay, W. 1877. The ophidians of the Chevert Expedition. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 2: 33-41. - get paper here
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Shea, G M 1998. Geographic variation in scalation and size of the black whip snakes (Squamata: Elapidae: Demansia vestigiata complex): evidence for two broadly sympatric species. The Beagle 14: 41-61
  • 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
  • Somaweera, R. 2009. Snakes of Darwin. Poster, University of Sydney
  • Storr G M 1978. Whip snakes (Demansia, Elapidae) of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (3): 287-301 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:


Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator