Aipysurus pooleorum SMITH, 1974
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Shark Bay Seasnake|
|Synonym||Aipysurus laevis pooleorum SMITH 1974: 97|
Aipysurus laevis pooleorum — COGGER 1983: 244
Aipysurus pooleorum — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1983
Aipysurus pooleorum — EHMANN 1992: 463
Aipysurus laevis pooleorum — COGGER 2000: 704
Aipysurus laevis pooleorum — KHARIN 2005
Aipysurus pooleorum — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 522
Aipysurus pooleorum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 23
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia, midwest coast [Shark Bay])|
Type locality: Shark Bay, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R21366, adult male collected by Messrs W. and W. Poole in September 1963. Paratypes: (n=7) WAM R11140-41, R21364-65, R22419, R25608 (Shark Bay), R21367 (presumably Trigg, near Perth).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Distinguishable from the nominate race by its darker colour and|
smaller size and by males having tuberculate dorsals and ventrals. (Smith 1974)
Description: Maximum length: males 943 mm, females 1140 mm. Maximum girth:
males 112 mm, females 185 mm. Head shields susceptible to variation as nominate race, although extremes of prefrontals-frontal fragmentation are not present. Rostral wider than high. Nasals entire, separated from 1 or 2 preoculars by a loreal. Postoculars 2 or 3. Prefrontals 2, showing only a low degree of intrusion by the frontal. Frontal entire in 5 (out of 8) specimens. Parietals divided. Anterior temporals usually 3. Upper labials 8-10 (mostly 9), usually the first 3 horizontally divided, usually fourth to sixth entering the orbit. Lower labials 8 or 9. Usually both pairs of chin shields prominent, posterior pair separated by one or more small scales. 97 Dorsal and ventral. scales tuberculate in males, tubercles most pronounced on rows closest to ventrals. Ventrals: 146-159. Subcaudals: males 30-33, females 25-28. Females dark purplish-brown, flanks with fairly regular oblique pale bars on flanks, most pronounced posteriorly. Males generally brownish on back, merging with paler brown of flanks. (Smith 1974)
Synonymy after COGGER 1983. Kaiser et al. 2013 rejected the generic name Oceanius Wells 2007 and synonymized it with Aipysurus.
|Etymology||Named after the Poole brothers, professional fishermen who have collected many sea snakes in Shark Bay including the holotype and most of the paratypes of this subspecies.|
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