Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 159–163 | Cite as

Distribution of a Little-Known Sea Snake Chitulia belcheri (Gray, 1849) and New Records of Rare Species of the Genus Leioselasma Lacepede, 1804 (Serpentes: Hydrophiidae)

  • V. E. Kharin
Vertebrate Zoology


A rare sea snake Chitulia belcheri (Gray, 1849) is redescribed from two specimens (including the holotype). One specimen of a rare snake Leioselasma pacifica (Boulenger, 1896) was found in waters off the Gilbert Islands. This is the second record of this species. Five specimens of a little-known sea snake L. coggeri Kharin, 1984 were found in Fijian and Indonesian waters. The descriptions of these specimens are provided.

Key words

sea snakes distribution new records synonymy holotype paratypes syntype 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. E. Kharin
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  1. 1.Institute of Marine Biology, Far East DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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