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Demansia rufescens STORR, 1978

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Rufous Whipsnake 
SynonymDemansia olivacea rufescens STORR 1978
Demansia rufescens STORR et al. 1986
Demansia rufescens — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia olivacea rufescens — COGGER 2000: 640
Demansia rufescens — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia rufescens — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (NW Western Australia: Pilbara region)

Type locality: Marandoo minesite, near Mt. Bruce, 22° 40'S, 118°10'E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R52747 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small Demansia (maximum SVL 511 mm), lacking a dark collar on the nape or dark markings on the anterior ventrals, and with prominent transrostral, preocular and postocular markings and a reddish dorsum.
EtymologyThe name is derived from the Latin adjective rufescens (becoming red), alluding to the dorsal coloration of this taxon (Storr et al., 1986). 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • Storr, G. M.; Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1986. Snakes of Western Australia. Western Australia Museum, Perth, ix + 187 pp.
  • 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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