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Mosaic sea snake

mosaic sea snake (Aipysurus mosaicus)
Weipa, Queensland
Photo © Ray Lloyd
Aipysurus mosaicus - Sanders, Rasmussen, Elmberg, Mumpuni, Guinea, Blias, Lee & Fry, 2012
Pronunciation    moe-SAY-i-kuss
Etymology  Aipysurus: 'high tail'.
mosaicus: "from the Latin mosaicus in reference to the mosaic-like pattern of dark and light scales arranged in irregularly staggered cross-bands."1
Other names  Aipysurus eydouxii 
Total length
Species avg: 110 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


Northern Australia, and New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, 200 m bathymetric


Offshore waters, estuaries and tidal rivers, where it is associated with soft sand and mud bottom substrates.1

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