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Distribution of a Little-Known Sea Snake Chitulia belcheri (Gray, 1849) and New Records of Rare Species of the Genus Leioselasma Lacepede, 1804 (Serpentes: Hydrophiidae)


A rare sea snake Chitulia belcheri (Gray, 1849) is redescribed from two specimens (including the holotype). One specimen of a rare snake Leioselasma pacifica (Boulenger, 1896) was found in waters off the Gilbert Islands. This is the second record of this species. Five specimens of a little-known sea snake L. coggeri Kharin, 1984 were found in Fijian and Indonesian waters. The descriptions of these specimens are provided.

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Kharin, V.E. Distribution of a Little-Known Sea Snake Chitulia belcheri (Gray, 1849) and New Records of Rare Species of the Genus Leioselasma Lacepede, 1804 (Serpentes: Hydrophiidae). Russ J Mar Biol 31, 159–163 (2005).

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Key words

  • sea snakes
  • distribution
  • new records
  • synonymy
  • holotype
  • paratypes
  • syntype