Latest version published by Bombay Natural History Society on Oct 30, 2019 Bombay Natural History Society

The BNHS museum houses a vast collection of specimens collected from across the Indian subcontinent over the past hundred years. The dataset provides 235 occurrence records based on specimens of sea snakes from India, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iran. The dataset holds records of 30 species belonging to 10 genera and three families. The distribution and natural history of sea snakes remain fairly unknown due to their occurrence in marine habitats and most of the observations are accidental records from fishing and as bycatch. Museum information on occurrence as well as collection localities will help in understanding the distribution of these snakes.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 235 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Pal S (2019): bnhs_seasnakes. v1.0. Bombay Natural History Society. Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Bombay Natural History Society. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: ee7253d4-2752-464a-9f50-7b5825362d70.  Bombay Natural History Society publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Saunak Pal
BNHS Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra IN

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Rahul Khot
BNHS Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra IN

Who filled in the metadata:

Saunak Pal
BNHS Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra IN

Who else was associated with the resource:

Rahul Khot
BNHS Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd 400001 Mumbai Maharashtra IN

Geographic Coverage

Occurrence records are based on specimens from across India, parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1903-01-01 / 2019-01-01

Project Data

No Description available

Title Addressing the taxonomic and geographical shortfall for amphibians and reptiles using specimen data from the collection of Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
Identifier BIFA4_052
Funding BIFA

The personnel involved in the project:

Collection Data

Collection Name Reptile specimens at the museum of Bombay Natural History Society
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers