Demansia vestigiata (DE VIS, 1884)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Demansia vestigiata?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Serpentes (snakes)|
|Common Names||Black whip snake|
|Synonym||Hoplocephalus vestigiatus DE VIS 1884|
Diemenia atra MACLEAY 1884: 549
Demansia superba BOULENGER 1896
Diemenia maculiceps BOETTGER 1898 (fide COGGER 1983)
Demansia atra COGGER 1975
Demansia vestigiata HUTCHINSON 1990
Demansia atra — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia vestigiata — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia atra — SHINE 1994
Demansia atra — COGGER 2000: 639
Demansia vestigiata — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia vestigiata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||S Papua New Guinea,|
Australia (Northern Territory, N Queensland, Western Australia)
Type locality: Ingham, Queensland, Australia. Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Syntypes: AMS 59441, AMS 31920|
|Comment||Smith and Wallach proposed to conserve the specific name of Demansia atra (Macleay, 1884, (29 November)). The name is threatened by the synonym Hoplocephalus vestigiatus De Vis, 1884 (13 September) which was published two months earlier but remained unused until 1990.|
D. papuensis is now believed confined to Australia, despite its name, and D.atra in NG is now known as D. vestigata (Mark O’Shea and John Pilgrim, pers. comm.; SHEA & SCANLON 2007).
Etymology: Named after its color, Latin “ater, atra, atrum” = dark or black.