Crocker's sea snake

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Crocker's sea snake
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Hydrophiidae or Elapidae
Subfamily: Laticaudinae
Genus: Laticauda
Species: L. crockeri
Binomial name
Laticauda crockeri
Slevin, 1934
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Crocker's sea snake (Laticauda crockeri ) is a species of venomous snake in the subfamily Laticaudinae. The species L. crockeri is found in Oceania.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, crockeri, is in honor of American railroad magnate Charles Templeton Crocker (1885-1948), who allowed the California Academy of Sciences to use his yacht, the Zaca, for scientific expeditions.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

L. crockeri is endemic to a single brackish lake (Lake Tenago) on Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands.

Conservation status[edit]

L. crockeri is currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to the extremely limited distribution of the species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Laticauda crockeri, p. 61).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Slevin JR. 1934. The Templeton Crocker Expedition to Western Polynesian and Melanesian Islands, 1933. Notes on the Reptiles and Amphibians, with the Description of a New Species of Sea-snake. Proc. California Acad. Sci. 21 (15) 183-188. (Laticauda crockeri, new species, p. 186).