Animalia > Chordata > Reptilia > Squamata > Elapidae > Aipysurus > Aipysurus foliosquama

Aipysurus foliosquama (Leaf-scaled Seasnake)

Wikipedia Abstract

Aipysurus foliosquama, also known as the leaf-scaled sea snake, is a critically endangered species of venomous sea snake in the family Elapidae. It is endemic to the Ashmore and Cartier Islands of Australia. The leaf-scaled sea snake prefers waters up to 10 metres in depth. In December 2015 a population of the snakes was found living in seagrass beds of Shark Bay off Western Australia. Previously, its only known habitats were some 1,700 km away in the Ashmore and Hibernia Reefs in the Timor Sea, from where it had since disappeared.
View Wikipedia Record: Aipysurus foliosquama

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Aipysurus foliosquama


Top 100 Endangered [1]  Yes

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve 144062 Australia      

Range Map


Timor Sea Australia (West Australia (Ashmore, Hibernia and Scott Reefs)) Terra typica: Ashmore Reefs, Australia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
Protected Areas provided by Ramsar Sites Information Service
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License