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An overview of Sri Lankan sea snakes with an annotated checklist and a field key

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Ruchira Somaweera ,

Reptile Ecology Lab, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, AU
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Nilusha Somaweera

University of Sydney Tropical Ecology Research Facility, Northern Territory, AU
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Abstract

Sea snakes of Sri Lanka has not received much attention and the last few decades did not see any unprecedented increase in interest in these largely ignored (in Sri Lanka) snakes, despite heavy attention has been made on certain other groups of herpetofauna. Hence, a new checklist and an overview in 'general literature' are much needed. This contribution provides an enumeration of the recorded species, together with an overview of the natural history of the group and a set of field keys for species found in Sri Lankan waters.

Keywords: sea snakes; sea kraits; natural history; distribution; identification key; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2778

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 43-54
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2778
How to Cite: Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N., (2011). An overview of Sri Lankan sea snakes with an annotated checklist and a field key. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(1), pp.43–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2778
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Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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