Hydrophis stricticollis

Hydrophis stricticollis, commonly called the collared sea snake, is a species of venomous sea snake in the family Elapidae.[2]

Hydrophis stricticollis
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Hydrophis
Species:
H. stricticollis
Binomial name
Hydrophis stricticollis
Günther, 1864
Synonyms
  • Aturia stricticollis - Welch, 1994
  • Chitulia stricticollis - Kharin, 2005[1]

DescriptionEdit

Scales on thickest part of body subquadrangular or hexagonal in shape, feebly imbricate or juxtaposed; 8-11 maxillary teeth behind fangs; head small, body long and slender anteriorly, posteriorly 2.5 to 3 times thicker than anteriorly; 1 anterior temporal, rarely divided; 7-8 upper labials, second in contact with prefrontal, 3-4 border eye; 34-41 scale rows around neck, 45-55 around midbody; ventrals 374–452, distinct throughout, less than twice as large as adjacent body scales; grayish to olive above, yellowish below, with 45-65 dark bands, widest dorsally, disappearing with age; head black or olive, yellow markings on snout and along sides of head. Total length, males 105 centimetres (3.44 ft), females 105 centimetres (3.44 ft); tail length, males 140 millimetres (5.5 in), females 90 millimetres (3.5 in).[3]

Geographic rangeEdit

Indian Ocean (Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar [formerly Burma], Bangladesh)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ "Hydrophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  3. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further readingEdit

  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. The Ray Society. (R. Hardwicke, publisher; Taylor & Francis, printers.) London. xxvii + 452 pp.