Hydrophis donaldi UKUWELA, SANDERS & FRY, 2012
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Hydrophis donaldi UKUWELA, SANDERS & FRY 2012|
Hydrophis donaldi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 340
|Distribution||N Australia (Queensland: Gulf of Carpentaria)|
Type locality: Gulf of Carpentaria, Weipa, Queensland, Australia (12°35'10.88" S, 141°57'47.21" E)
|Types||Holotype: QM J90700 (Figs. 1A–C and 2A–B), an adult male, by B. G. Fry on 15th October, 2000. Liver tissue stored in ethanol in the QM (Accession no: 007903).|
Paratypes (n = 7). SAMA
|Etymology||The species is named to honour Dave Donald, the skipper of the boat who worked tirelessly with us and whose local knowledge facilitated the discovery of this species. We propose the common name ‘rough scaled sea snake’ for this species due to its strongly keeled body scales.|
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