It appears as if the deadly beaked sea snake, found off the coast of Indonesia and Australia, might actually be two different types of snakes.
A new study shows that the extremely venomous Enhydrina schistosa has been incorrectly categorized into a single morphology because of its beaked nose and other similar characteristics. In fact, testing has now established that the Asian and Australian varieties of the snake have different genetic make-ups. Researchers at the University of Adelaide say this is a classic example of evolutionary convergence, the tendency of different species to develop common traits under the same environmental conditions.
Fortunately for surfers and swimmers, the same antivenom will work for both of the newly differentiated species.
TODAY IN SLATE
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?