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Demansia shinei SHEA, 2007

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDemansia shinei SHEA in SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia shinei — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Demansia shinei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: Frewena, NT, in 19°25'S 135°24'E  
TypesHolotype: NTM R6489, collected 18.iii.1979 by P. Horner, J. Griffiths & K. O’Brien, from under rubbish near the roadhouse. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized Demansia (SVL up to 622 mm) with brown nuchal collar edged anteriorly and posteriorly with lemon-yellow, a dark teardrop across the fourth and fifth supralabials, ending about junction of last two supralabials, and edged posteriorly with a broad lemon-yellow line that extends onto the primary temporal, throat immaculate or nearly so, and body venter uniformly pale. 
CommentHabitat: terrestrial

EtymologyNamed in honour of Prof. Rick Shine of the University of Sydney, in appreciation of his extensive studies on Australian elapid ecology, including Demansia. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - 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
  • Shine, Rick 2017. Q & A Rick Shine. Current biology 27: R1089–R1107 - 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.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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