Aipysurus laevis

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Aipysurus laevis
Aipysurus laevis.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Aipysurus
Species: A. laevis
Binomial name
Aipysurus laevis
Lacépède, 1804
Common names: olive sea snake, golden sea snake.[1]

Aipysurus laevis is a venomous sea snake species found in the Indo-Pacific. Currently, 2 subspecies are recognized, including the typical form described here.[2]


Found mainly in warm coastal waters in the Indo-Pacific where it inhabits coral reefs.

Aipysurus laevis has been found to have photoreceptors in the skin of its tail, allowing it to detect light and presumably ensuring it is completely hidden, including its tail, inside coral holes during the day. While other species have not been tested, A. laevis possibly is not unique among sea snakes in this respect. Interestingly, dermal light sensitivity is found in all the major animal phyla.[3]


Subspecies[2] Authority[2] Common name[1] Geographic range
A. l. laevis Lacépède, 1804 Olive sea snake
A. l. pooleorum H. M. Smith, 1974 Shark Bay sea snake

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  1. ^ a b Western Australian Reptile Species at Frank O'Connor's Birding Western Australia. Accessed 20 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Aipysurus laevis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Zimmerman K, Heatwole H. 1990. Cutaneous Photoreception: A New Sensory Mechanism for Reptiles. Copeia, vol. 1990, no. 3 (September 19), pp. 860-862

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