Hydrophis torquatus Günther, 1864

West coast black-headed sea snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chitulia torquata Günther, 1864


Conservation Status


Last record: c. 20 years ago

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



"Straits of Malacca, Gulf of Thailand and eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula (but not Singapore or the Natuna Sea)"


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Günther, A. (1864). The reptiles of British India. London: Royal Society, 444 pp.


Other references:

Elfes, Cristiane T. et al. (2013). Fascinating and forgotten: the conservation status of marine elapid snakes. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8(1): 37-52.

Rasmussen, A. (2010). Hydrophis torquatus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. ( Downloaded on 28 April 2012.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.


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