Demansia rimicola SCANLON, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Demansia rimicola?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Demansia rimicola SCANLON 2007|
Demansia rimicola — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Demansia rimicola — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214
|Distribution||Australia (Queensland, New South Wales)|
Type locality: 61.4 km N Muttaburra via Hughenden Hwy, Qld (22°10'S 144°15'E).
|Types||Holotype: AMS (AM) R62257, collected by A. Greer, E. Cameron, H. Cogger, R. Sadlier & P. Webber on 17.vii.1977.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderately large, stout Demansia (SVL up to 740 mm) with a dark, pale-edged collar on nape (often indistinct in adults, with the pale edges persisting the longest), dark spots on head dorsum, pale postocular bar separated from ventral coloration by an isthmus between dark head and dark teardrop marking, and constricted to give the appearance of two pale confluent blobs, and two posteriorly diverging rows of dark spots on anterior ventrals.|
|Comment||Synonymy: 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.|
|Etymology||From Latin noun rima (a crack) and verb colo (to inhabit), meaning “crack-dweller”, alluding to the association of this species with cracking clay soils.|
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