Pelamis platura

Pelamis platura LINNAEUS 1766

Common Names

Yellowbelly Sea Snake, Pelagic Sea Snake (English)

Languages: English

Overview

Common Names

Yellow-bellied sea snake

Pelagic sea snake

Plättchen Seeschlange  

Author(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam
Rights holder(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam

Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

Indian and Pacific oceans: Red Sea, coastal waters of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman southward to eastern Africa (from Somalia to the Cape) and east to India, Malay Peninsula, through Indonesia to Australia (western, northern, and eastern coasts).  As far north as Possiet Bay in Siberia, south to Tasmania.  Pacific coast of the Americas (southern California, USA; Baja California and western Mexico; Central America; South America to Peru; Galapagos Islands, Easter Island).  Several unconfirmed records exist for the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of panama and Colombia.

Author(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam
Rights holder(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam

Additional Notes

Notes

Holotype: Presumed lost.

Type-locality: Not given in original description, unknown.

Author(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam
Rights holder(s): Mohammadi, Shabnam

Taxonomy

  • Anguis platura LINNAEUS 1766 (synonym)
  • Hydrophis (Pelamis) bicolor FISCHER 1855 (synonym)
  • Hydrophis pelamis SCHLEGEL 1837 (synonym)
  • Hydrus bicolor SCHNEIDER 1799 (synonym)
  • Hydrus platurus BOULENGER 1896 (synonym)
  • Pelamis bicolor SCHNEIDER 1799 (synonym)
  • Pelamis bicolor sinuata DUMÉRIL 1854 (synonym)
  • Pelamis bicolor variegata DUMÉRIL 1854 (synonym)
  • Pelamis ornata GRAY 1842 (synonym)
  • Pelamis platuros DAUDIN 1803 (synonym)
  • Pelamis platurus SMITH 1943 (synonym)
  • Pelamis schneideri RAFINESQUE 1817 (synonym)

References

Dunson, W. A. (1975).  The Biology of Sea Snakes. 530. Baltimore: University Press Park.