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The new yellow sea snake assumes an unusual ambush posture

20:00 EDT 30 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Pensoft Publishers) Carrying its petite frame and all-yellow skin, the recently scrutinized sea snake populations from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, already seem different enough to be characterized as a new subspecies. However, their most extraordinary trait is only exposed at night when the serpents go hunting for small fish as they hang upside down just below the water surface assuming a peculiar sinusoidal ambush posture. This new subspecies is described in the open access journal ZooKeys.

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