IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

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The dangerously venomous snake Microcephalophis cantoris (formerly known as Hydrophis cantoris) occurs in coastal waters around Myanmar as well as from Pakistan (Karachi) and eastward, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia. According to Leviton et al. (2003), habitat unknown. Leviton et al. provide a technical description of Microcephalophis cantoris: Head small, body long and slender anteriorly; scales on thickest part of body juxtaposed; 5-6 maxillary teeth behind fangs; 23-25 (rarely 21) scale rows around neck, 41-48 around thickest part of body (increase from neck to midbody 18-24); ventrals divided by a longitudinal fissure; prefrontal in contact with third upper labial; ventrals 404-468. Total length: males 1450 mm, females 1880 mm; tail length males 120 mm, females 140 mm.

(Leviton et al. 2003 and references therein)


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