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Stenophis
Stenophis variablis
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyColubridae
GenusStenophis

Stenophis is a genus of Madagascan arboreal snakes, part of the Lamprophiinae. They typically have large heads relative to their body size, and they are elongated and often thin.[1] The genus includes both viviparous and oviparous species.[2] They usually have prolate pupils.

TaxonomyEdit

Stenophis was previously considered to be part of the genus Lycodryas until the mid 1990s.[1]

A phylogenetic analysis in 2008 found that the genus is polyphyletic,[3] and a 2010 study proposed three monophyletic genera of the snakes currently in Stenophis and Lycodryas: Lycodryas (with Stenophis as a junior synonym), Phisalixella and Parastenophis.[4]

SpeciesEdit

Known species of Stenophis include[1]:

  • Stenophis gaimardi
  • Stenophis carleti
  • Stenophis pseudogranuliceps
  • Stenophis granuliceps
  • Stenophis guentheri
  • Stenophis arctifasciatus
  • Stenophis variabilis
  • Stenophis iarakaensis
  • Stenophis inornatus
  • Stenophis inopinae
  • Stenophis citrinus
  • Stenophis betsileanus
  • Stenophis jaosoloa
  • Stenophis variabilis
  • Stenophis tulearensis
  • Stenophis iarakaensis
  • Stenophis betsileanus

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Miguel Vences, Frank Glaw, Vincenzo Mercurio, Franco Andreone. Review of the Malagasy tree snakes of the genus Stenophis (Colubridae). Salamandra, Rheinbach, 30.06.2004, 40(2): 161-179. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde e.V.
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