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Demansia reticulata (GRAY, 1842)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Yellow-faced Whipsnake, Yellow-Faced Whip Snake 
SynonymLycodon reticulatus GRAY 1842: 54
Diemenia psammophis — BOULENGER 1896
Demansia psammophis var. reticulata — FRY 1914: 191
Demansia reticulata reticulata—STORR 1978: 297
Demansia psammophis reticulata — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia psammophis reticulata — APLIN et al. 2001
Demansia psammophis reticulata — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 500
Demansia reticulata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214
Demansia reticulata — COGGER 2014 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia from Dirk Hartog Island south to Harvey; coast and adjacent areas of Western Australia south of Shark Bay)

Type locality: Australia  
TypesSyntypes: lost, formerly BMNH. The "hololectotype" BMNH 1946.1.19.79, from Australia, designated by Storr (1978) cannot be one of the type series, as it was donated by G. Krefft over a decade after the description of the species by Gray (1845) (G. Shea, pers. comm., Feb 2019). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately large green Demansia, distinguishable from D. r. cupreiceps by olive rather than coppery head (Storr 1978: 297). 
CommentSynonymy: WALLACH et al. 2014 list Demansia psammophis cupreiceps (STORR 1978) as a synonym of D. reticulata.


Type species: Lycodon reticulatus GRAY 1842 is the type species of the genus Demansia GRAY 1842. 
  • Aplin, K.P. and L.A. Smith 2001. Checklist of the frogs and reptiles of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement No. 63: 51–74 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Bush, B. & Maryan, B. 2006. Snakes and Snake-like Reptiles of Southern Western Australia. Snakes Harmful & Harmless, Stoneville, Perth, Western Australia, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Fry, D. B. 1914. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austral. Mus. 1:174-210 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Description of some hitherto unrecorded species of Australian reptiles and batrachians. Zoological Miscellany 2: 51—57 (London: Treuttel, Würtz & Co) - get paper here
  • Hallermann, J. 2020. An annotated list of reptiles and amphibians from the 1905 Hamburg expedition to southwest Australia deposited in the Zoological Museum Hamburg. Evolutionary Systematics 4: 61 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson M N 1990. The generic classification of the Australian terrestrial elapid snakes. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 29 (3): 397-405
  • 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.
  • Welch, K. R. G. 1994. Snakes of the World. A Checklist. I. Venomous snakes. KCM Books, Somerset, England.
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