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Demansia simplex STORR, 1978

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Grey Whipsnake 
SynonymDemansia simplex STORR 1978: 290
Demansia simplex — COGGER 1983: 222
Demansia simplex — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia simplex — COGGER 2000: 641
Demansia simplex — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia simplex — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: Kalumburu, 14° 17'S, 126° 40'E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R13841 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small dark grey Demansia with relatively short, thick body; little or no pattern apart from circumorbital markings; low number of ventrals and sub- caudals; and nostril not dividing nasal (Storr 1978: 290) 
EtymologyFrom the Latin simplex (unmixed or simple), in reference to the plain coloration of this Demansia species. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • 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
  • 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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