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25 August 2021 Addition of the Sea Snake, Hydrophis stokesii (Reptilia: Squamata: Elapidae), to the Herpetofauna of Japan
Takahide Sasai, Takumi Yamamoto, Shin-ichiro Oka, Mamoru Toda
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Hydrophis stokesii was collected in the coastal water of Okinawajima Island on 30 March 2021. This is the first record of the species from Japanese waters, extending its known range of occurrence toward east-northeast by more than 900 km. The snake was an adult female, 1,545 mm in snout-vent length, 203 mm in tail length, and 3,360 g in body mass. It had 11 well-developed yolked follicles in ovaries and a half-digested spiny puffer fish (Diodon sp.) in its stomach. This individual may possibly represent a stable population of H. stokesii in the Okinawan waters.

© 2021 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
Takahide Sasai, Takumi Yamamoto, Shin-ichiro Oka, and Mamoru Toda "Addition of the Sea Snake, Hydrophis stokesii (Reptilia: Squamata: Elapidae), to the Herpetofauna of Japan," Current Herpetology 40(2), 190-196, (25 August 2021). https://doi.org/10.5358/hsj.40.190
Accepted: 3 July 2021; Published: 25 August 2021
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