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Demansia rimicola SCANLON, 2007

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymDemansia rimicola SCANLON 2007
Demansia rimicola — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Demansia rimicola — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: 61.4 km N Muttaburra via Hughenden Hwy, Qld (22°10'S 144°15'E). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R62257, collected by A. Greer, E. Cameron, H. Cogger, R. Sadlier & P. Webber on 17.vii.1977. 
CommentSynonymy: Demansia rimicola has previously been illustrated in Shine (1980), Swan (1990, 1995), Healey (1997), Swan et al. (2004) and Wilson & Knowles (1988), identified as D. torquata in the former five cases and as an unidentified Demansia in the latter.

Habitat: terrestrial

EtymologyFrom Latin noun rima (a crack) and verb colo (to inhabit), meaning “crack-dweller”, alluding to the association of this species with cracking clay soils. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Healey, J. (ed.) 1997. Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife. Sydney: Reader’s Digest.
  • 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
  • Shine, R. 1980. Ecology of eastern Australian whipsnakes of the genus Demansia. Journal of Herpetology 14 (4): 381-389 - get paper here
  • Swan, G. 1990. A field guide to the snakes and lizards of New South Wales. Three Sisters Publ., Winmalee, NSW 224 pp.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Wilson, Stephen K. & Knowles, David G. 1988. Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia. Cornstalk Publishing, Pymble, NSW, 447 pp.
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