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Aipysurus laevis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Subfamily: Hydrophiinae
Genus: Aipysurus
Lacépède, 1804
Common names: (none).

Aipysurus is a genus of venomous sea snakes found in warm seas from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Nine species are recognized.[1]


Species[1][2] Authority[1][2] Subsp.*[1][2] Common name Geographic range
A. apraefrontalis M.A. Smith, 1926 0 short-nosed sea snake
A. duboisii Bavay, 1869 0 Dubois' seasnake
A. eydouxii (Gray, 1849) 0 spine-tailed seasnake
A. foliosquama M.A. Smith, 1926 0 leaf-scaled sea snake
A. fuscus (Tschudi, 1837) 0 dusky sea snake
A. laevis Lacépède, 1804 0 olive sea snake
A. mosaicus Sanders et al., 2012 0
A. pooleorum L.A. Smith, 1974 0
A. tenuis Lönnberg & Andersson, 1913 0

*) Not including the nominate subspecies (typical race).

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Aipysurus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Aipysurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Aipysurus ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger, George Albert (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Genus Aipysurus, p. 303).
  • Goin, Coleman J.; Goin, Olive B.; Zug, George R. (1978). Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Aipysurus, p. 332).
  • Lacèpėde, [Bernard Germain] (1804). "Mémoire sur plusieurs animaux de la Nouvelle-Hollande dont la description n'a pas encore été publiée ". Annales du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 4: 184-211. (Aipysurus, new genus, p. 210). (in French).

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