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Laticauda colubrina   (Schneider, 1799)

Yellow-lipped sea krait

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Laticauda colubrina  AquaMaps  Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Reptilia | Squamata | Elapidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Reef-associated; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 78651).  Tropical; 49°N - 58°S (Ref. 356)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic: from the Bay of Bengal and Taiwan to Australia and the islands of Oceania.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 150 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88066)

Short description Morphology

Moderately built. Black cross bands completely encircle the bluish body. Black head with yellow snout and upper lip, yellow bar extending from the eye to the temporal region (Ref. 2357).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It is found in fringing reefs and is observed to rest on rock crevices near the water edge (Ref. 88090). Also found in the open ocean, in mangroves and coral islands, usually in shallow waters (Ref. 98471). Emerges from rocks to feed in the sea (Ref. 75610). Forages on eels in shallow coastal waters and goes back to land to slough and digest its prey (Ref. 98471). Exhibits sex divergence in dietary habits, wherein adult females feed mainly on large conger eels and take only a single prey item while adult males feed on smaller moray eels and constantly ingest multiple prey items (Ref. 74654). It seeks shelter in vegetation, beneath rocks, within crevices and caves on land (Ref. 98471). Also found along the roads and some low mountains (Ref. 2355). More terrestrial in habits than Laticauda laticaudata, its congener (Ref. 98471).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Mating is observed on shore and a clutch of up to 10 eggs is deposited in crevices (Ref. 88090).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Mao, S. and B. Chen. 1980. (Ref. 75711)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 15 February 2009

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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FAO areas
Food items
Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.1 - 29.3, mean 28.3 (based on 3446 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)