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Rough-scaled sea snake

rough-scaled sea snake (Hydrophis donaldi)
Weipa, Queensland
Photo © Kanishka Dimithra Bandara Ukuwela
Hydrophis donaldi - Ukuwela, Sanders & Fry, 2012
Pronunciation  hi-DROH-fiss   DONN-ald-ee
Etymology  Hydrophis: 'water snake'.
donaldi: "The species is named to honour Dave Donald, the skipper of the boat who worked tirelessly with us and whose local knowledge facilitated the discovery of this species."1
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 87 cm
Litter size
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Collected from near Weipa, but likely to be more widespread.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



"shallow (< 10 m) estuarine habitats (with shale, mud and sea-grass on the bottom) at the mouths of the Mission River and Hey Creek where they connect to Albatross Bay in Weipa, Queensland."1

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