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Hydrophis hendersoni (BOULENGER, 1903)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDistira hendersoni BOULENGER 1903
Hydrophis hendersoni — RASMUSSEN et al. 2011 

Type locality: Rangoon, Burma.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.10.9 
CommentSynonymy: during most of its history, this species has been considered as a synonym of H. nigrocinctus (e.g. by WALLACH et al. 2014: 240). RASMUSSEN et al. 2011 removed it from the synonymy of H. nigrocinctus.

Habitat: marine 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. T. Beath Henderson, of Glasgow, who received received the snake from a friend and then presented it to Boulenger. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1903. Description of a new sea snake from Rangoon. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 14: 719 - get paper here
  • Rasmussen, Arne R.; Ineich, Ivan; Elmberg, Johan; McCarthy, Colin 2011. Status of the Asiatic Sea Snakes of the Hydrophis nigrocinctus group (H. nigrocinctus, H. hendersoni, and H. walli; Elapidae, Hydrophiinae). Amphibia-Reptilia 32 (4): 459-464 - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
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