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Sea snakes (Serpentes subfamilies Hydrophiinae and Laticaudinae) in Vietnam: a comprehensive checklist and an updated identification key
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation, Copenhagen.
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment. (Akvatisk biologi och kemi)
Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen.
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département de Systématique et Evolution, Paris.
2011 (English)In: Zootaxa, ISSN 1175-5326, no 2894, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sea snakes (Elapidae, subfamilies Hydrophiinae and Laticaudinae) reach a very high species richness in Southeast Asia, but most countries in the region still lack comprehensive and up-to-date identification tools for these snakes. We present an updated checklist of sea snakes in Vietnam. We also provide diagnostic characters for all species and a new complete identification key, chiefly based on easy-to-use external characters. The checklist and key cover the 25 species documented from Vietnam, as well as three likely future additions to its sea snake fauna. By surveying incoming fishing vessels between Nha Trang and the mouth of Mekong River in 2000-2001, we were able to document two species new for Vietnamese waters: Hydrophis belcheri and H. pachycercos. Through these surveys we also secured four specimens of the rare endemic species H. parviceps, formerly known only from two specimens. A comprehensive bibliography of the literature treating sea snakes in Vietnamese waters is provided.

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2011. no 2894, 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
bibliography, biodiversity, diagnostic characters, Vietnamese waters, elapidae, kraits, borneo, record
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8795ISI: 000291210000001OAI: diva2:462341
Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-06 Last updated: 2011-12-07Bibliographically approved

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