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Demansia torquata (GÜNTHER, 1862)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Collared Whipsnake, Collared Whip Snake 
SynonymDiemansia torquata GÜNTHER 1862
Diemenia torquata BOULENGER 1896
Demansia psammophis torquata GÜNTHER 1862
Demansia torquata — COGGER 1983: 222
Demansia torquata — WELCH 1994: 53
Demansia torquata — COGGER 2000: 643
Demansia torquata — SHEA & SCANLON 2007
Demansia torquata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 214 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Percy Ils., Qld.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.41 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized Demansia (maximum SVL 636 mm) with a pale-edged dark nuchal collar (obscure in adults), prominent transrostral streak extending to orbit, prominent pale preocular and postocular bars, the latter not (or barely) reaching throat due to contact or near contact between dark teardrop marking and nuchal collar (the contact of the dark markings may be less intensely dark than the main pattern elements; Fig. 20), and a dark blue-grey belly, at least posteriorly. 

Distribution: reports from NSW are now considered Demansia rimacola; now restricted to Queensland (G. Shea, pers. comm., 5 March 2021). 
EtymologyPresumably from the Latin torquatus (collared), and alluding to the nape markings. 
  • 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.
  • Günther, ALBERT 1862. On new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 9: 52-67. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Shine, R. 1980. Ecology of eastern Australian whipsnakes of the genus Demansia. Journal of Herpetology 14 (4): 381-389 - 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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