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Hydrophis torquatus GÜNTHER, 1864

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesHydrophis torquatus aagaardi (SMITH 1920)
Hydrophis torquatus diadema (GÜNTHER 1864)
Hydrophis torquatus torquatus (GÜNTHER 1864) 
Common NamesE: West Coast Black-headed Sea Snake 
SynonymHydrophis torquatus torquatus (GÜNTHER 1864)
Hydrophis torquata GÜNTHER 1864
Hydrophis torquatus torquatus GÜNTHER 1864
Hydrophis torquatus — WALL 1921: 343
Hydrophis (Aturia) torquatus — MCDOWELL 1972: 228
Aturia torquata torquata — WELCH 1994: 25
Chitulia torquata — KHARIN 2005
Hydrophis torquatus torquatus — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Chitulia torquata — KHARIN & DOTSENKO 2012
Hydrophis torquatus — SANDERS et al. 2012 (by implication)
Chitulia (Dolichodira) torquatus — KHARIN 2012
Chitulia torquata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 167
Chitulia torquata — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 277

Hydrophis torquatus aagaardi (SMITH 1920)
Hydrophis torquatus aagaardi SMITH 1920
Aturia torquata aagaardi — WELCH 1994: 25
Hydrophis torquatus — MURPHY, COX & VORIS 1999
Hydrophis torquatus aagaardi — NGUYEN et al. 2009

Hydrophis torquatus diadema (GÜNTHER 1864)
Hydrophis diadema GÜNTHER 1864: 369
Hydrophis torquatus diadema GÜNTHER 1864
Dolichodira diadema — WALL 1921: 340
Hydrophis torquatus diadema — SMITH 1943
Aturia torquata diadema — WELCH 1994: 25
Chitulia torquata diadema — KHARIN 2005
Hydrophis torquata diadema — RASMUSSEN et al. 2011
Hydrophis torquatus diadema — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Chitulia (Dolichodira) diadema — KHARIN 2012 
DistributionIndonesian Sea (W Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand),
Cambodia (Tonle Sap [HR 27: 154])

aagaardi: South Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia; Type locality: Narahiwat, Thailand;

diadema: Vietnam, Straits of Malacca, Borneo, Gulf of Thailand, Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia, and possibly China (Smith, 1926; Ineich, 1996; David & Ineich, 1999) ; Type locality: unknown (Sang et al. 2009)

torquatus: Malaysia, Indonesia; Type locality: Penang, Malaysia  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.3.82–86 (formerly BMNH 1925.9.22.1–5), two adult females, one juvenile male, and two juveniles, longest syntype 584 mm (T.E. Cantor, 1836–1846, via British East India Comp.).
Holotype: BMNH [aagaardi]
Holotype: BMNH [diadema] 
DiagnosisDiagnostic characters (diadema): Scale rows around neck 29–37; scale rows around body 35–49; ventrals 230–340. Maxillary teeth behind fangs 8–10. Colouration: Body grey or whitish above, yellow or whitish below, with black bands, which are often incomplete below. Bands fade and disappear with age, leaving the back more or less uniform grey. Head black with a yellowish band across the snout and along sides.

Size: 104 cm 

Habitat: marine; H. t. diadema lives both in marine and freshwater habitats (Rasmussen et al. 2001).

Distribution: not in Singapore or not established there (Figueroa et al. 2023). 
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