Cerberus rhynchops   (Schneider)  (Marine Snake)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Reptilia

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Color: The back grey with numerous black cross-bars being obscure in the forepart, but prominent on the hinder side. The belly pale yellowish, conspicuous black blotches or cross-bars.

Frontals partially and parietals entirely broken. Three or more rows of coastals seen in ventral view, 2 internasals, 9 to 10 upper labials and 23 to 27 costals midbody. The head broader than neck and the nostrils and eyes situated high on head.

Synonym (s)
Hydrus rhynchops Schneider, 1799
Cerberus rhynchops Gunther, 1864

Common Name (s)
• Dog Faced Water Snake (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Fish


• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 17/09/1983)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sanyal, DP; Dattagupta, B and Sur, S (1995) Reptilia Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 401-416 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Tan, R Wild fact sheets Available at - http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/index.html
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa

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