Sea snakes in Australian waters (Serpentes: Subfamilies Hydrophiinae and Laticaudinae) - A review with an updated identification key

Arne Rasmussen, Kate Sanders, Michael Guinea, Andrew Amey

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    Abstract

    Sea snakes (Elapidae, subfamilies Hydrophiinae and Laticaudinae) reach high species richness in the South China Sea and in the Australian region; however, most countries in the two regions still lack up-to-date checklists and identification tools for these snakes. We present an updated reviewed checklist and a new complete identification key to sea snakes in Australian waters. The identification key includes 29 species documented and 4 possibly occurring taxa and is based mostly on easy-to-use external characters. We find no evidence for breeding populations of Laticauda in Australian waters, but include the genus on the list of possibly occurring taxa.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-371
    Number of pages21
    JournalZootaxa
    Volume3869
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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