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Hydrophis atriceps

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Elapoidea

Familia: Elapidae
Subfamilia: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Hydrophis
Species: Hydrophis atriceps

Hydrophis atriceps Günther, 1864: 371

Syntypes (2): BMNH 1946.1.2.62 (formerly BMNH 1862.11.1.255) and BMNH 1863.9.29.5, both ♂.
Type locality: “Siam [= Thailand]”.


Disteira cincinnatii Van Denburgh & Thompson 1908: 42
Holotype: CAS 15016, adult ♂, collected by J.C. Thompson on 20 December 1906.
Type locality: “One mile N. E. of Cavite, Manila Bay, Philippine Islands”.

Primary references

Günther, A.C.L.G. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. Ray Society: London. xxvii + 452 pp. BHL Reference page.
Van Denburgh, J. & Thompson, J.C. 1908. Description of a new species of sea snake from the Philippine Islands, with a note on the palatine teeth in the Proteroglypha. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 4th series 3: 41–48. BHL Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Hydrophis atriceps. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 5 October 2019.
Rasmussen, A., Lobo, A., Sanders, K. & Guinea, M. 2010. IUCN: Hydrophis atriceps (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T176735A7293104. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T176735A7293104.en

Vernacular names
English: Black-headed Sea Snake

The black-headed sea snake (Hydrophis atriceps) is a marine snake native to waters around Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and northern Australia, and New Guinea.[2]


Rasmussen, A.; Lobo, A.; Sanders, K.; Guinea, M. (2010). "Hydrophis atriceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T176735A7293104. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T176735A7293104.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
Hydrophis atriceps at the Reptile Database. Accessed 10 January 2019.


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