Microcephalophis gracilis   (Shaw,  1802) (Marine Snake)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Reptilia

Size: Total length 311-637 mm; tail 41-75 mm.

Head very small with slender body; snout projecting beyond lower jaw; ventrals divided by a longitudinal fissure. Dorsals 33-35, ventrals 230-240.


Synonym (s)
Hydrus gracilis Shaw, 1802

Common Name (s)
• Common Small Headed Seasnake (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish


• West Bengal, Digha beach INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Ahmed, S and Dasgupta, G (1992) Reptilia State fauna series 3: Fauna of West Bengal. Part 2 ZSI, Calcutta 1-65 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/

Page last updated on:2010-09-23

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