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Demansia quaesitor SHEA, 2007

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymDemansia quaesitor SHEA 2007
Demansia quaesitor — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Demansia quaesitor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: “Hodgson Downs”, Mt Langdon, NT 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.
TypesHolotype: NTM R16836, collected by J. Woinarski on 29.v.1991. 
CommentDiagnosis. A small (maximum SVL 565 mm) Demansia with head blue-grey to orange-brown, paler than body, dark transrostral streak (when distinct) reaching orbit, dark postocular teardrop marking extending across top of fifth supralabial and middle of sixth supralabial, directed towards and often reaching ventral extremity of a narrow dark collar on nape, and dark facial and nape markings not or only weakly and diffusely pale-edged.

Material of this species has previously been referred to D. olivacea (Storr, 1978; McKenzie et al., 1995; Stammer in Horton 1976; Storr et al., 1986; Cogger, 1994).

Habitat: terrestrial

  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger,H.G. 1994. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 5th ed. Reed Books/Cornell University Press, 788 pp.
  • McKenzie, N.L., L. Fontanini, N.V. Lindus & M.R. Williams 1995. Biological inventory of Koolan Island, Western Australia 2. Zoologica notes. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 17: 249–266. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Storr G M 1978. Whip snakes (Demansia, Elapidae) of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 6 (3): 287-301 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1986. Snakes of Western Australia. Western Australia Museum, Perth, ix + 187 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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