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 Post subject: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 5:52 am 
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This was posted somewhere else, and I wanted to know if anyone here could help with an ID. The snake was caught in a net off the cost of India.

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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 6:07 am 

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dont think that is actually a snake, looks like some sort of eel to me


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 7:27 am 
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Looks like a nudibranch (sea slug). Definitely some type of invert.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 8:21 am 
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The raised tail fin (I'm not sure on the appropriate term) designed for locomotion makes me think it's a vertebrate more so than a sea slug. I'm not well versed on sea snakes or eels, but I'd lean towards eel.

From what I know, sea snakes are very, very roughly keeled (as are all water snakes it seems, yes?). This looks very smooth, flat, and not scaled, further giving the impression of an eel.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 9:03 am 
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OntarioHerper wrote:
dont think that is actually a snake, looks like some sort of eel to me


I thought the same thing actually, but the person who posted it titled it as "Can anyone identify this sea snake" so I basically did the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 10:29 am 
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Looks like a brown spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax reevesii) to me.

Found commonly near India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.


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 Post subject: Re: Sea Snake ID?
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 12:17 pm 
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I agree... Eel.

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