Anguisplaturus Linnaeus, 1766, no type locality. OTHER COMMON NAMES
German: Plättchen-Seeschlange; Spanish: Serpiente-marina pelágica.
This species has an average length of approximately 28 in (70 cm). Yellow and black stripes run the length of the body.
Equatorial waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans from the east coast of Africa to the west coast of the Americas.
This species is fully pelagic, inhabiting open waters.
This seasnake may use migratory routes. It reaches high density in warm tropical waters. To molt, the snake coils itself into a ball, rubbing the skin of one area of its body against the skin of another area.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
This species preys on surface-active fish in slicks, areas of calm water where two ocean currents meet.
This snake is live-bearing, with females giving birth to two to six young.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
This species is venomous but of little threat to humans. ♦
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