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Hydrophis ornatus, commonly known as the ornate reef sea snake, is a species of venomous sea snake in the family Elapidae.[3]

Hydrophis ornatus
Japan sea snake, Ornate Sea Snake (Hydrophis ornatus) (15167155673).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Hydrophis
H. ornatus
Binomial name
Hydrophis ornatus
(Gray, 1842


  1. ^ Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ),... Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). London. xiv + 727 pp., Plates I.-XXV. (Distira ornata, pp. 290-291.)
  2. ^ The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ "Hydrophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 7 September 2007.

Further readingEdit

  • Bussarawitt, S.; Rasmussen, A.R. & Andersen, M. 1989. A preliminary study on sea snakes (Hydrophiidae) from Phuket Harbor, Phuket Island, Thailand. Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc., Bangkok 37 (2): 209-225.
  • Gray, J.E. 1842. Monographic Synopsis of the Water Snakes, or the Family of Hydridae. The Zoological Miscellany pp. 59–68.
  • Mittleman, M.B. 1947. Geographic variation in the sea snake, Hydrophis ornatus (Gray) Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 60: 1-8.
  • Rasmussen, A.R. 1989. An analysis of Hydrophis ornatus (Gray), H. lamberti Smith, and H. inornatus (Gray) (Hydrophiidae, Serpentes) based on samples from various localities, with remarks on feeding and breeding biology of H. ornatus. Amphibia-Reptilia 10: 397-417.

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