from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of venomous marine serpents of the family Hydrophidæ, having wide and flat gastrosteges and two pairs of frontal shields.
  • n. A genus of broad-tailed Trochilidæ, named by Lesson in 1829; the platures.


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  • The poisonous yellow-bellied sea snake Pelamis platurus, is common.

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  • They can stay submerged for up to 3.5 hours and might only surface for 1 second (literally): in fact Yellow-bellied sea snakes Pelamis platurus, the only truly pelagic sea snake (and the one pictured at top: image taken from Susan Scott's site), spends an average of 87% of its entire time submerged.

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  • I tound here likewife that curious long-tailed gecko (gecko platurus,) defcribed by Shaw, but which to me, by its form and habitudes, feemed fo materially to differ from the generality of the gecko tribe, that I have ranked it as a new genus under the name of geckoides, which on account of its affinity, in the claffification of modern naturalifts, fliould immediately follow the gecko.

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