A new record of the Dwarf Sea Krait (Laticauda frontalis) from the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

Richard Shine*, Terri Shine, Claire Goiran

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Abstract

Common in Vanuatu, the Dwarf Sea Krait Laticauda frontalis also is known from five old records (in the 1880s and 1890s) from the Loyalty Islands, between Vanuatu and the main island of New Caledonia. Those records have been interpreted by some authorities as errors, or as reflecting occasional waifs rather than breeding populations. We now report an additional specimen of L. frontalis from the Loyalty Islands island of Maré, and we review distributional data for this species and for the closely allied L. saintgironsi. Sympatry on the western coast of Maré confirms that these two taxa warrant separate species status despite their minimal genetic divergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Zoologist
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Iles Loyauté
  • Laticaudinae
  • Nengone
  • Nouvelle-Calédonie
  • Sea snake
  • Seasnake

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