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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Dendrophidion
Species: D. apharocybe – D. atlantica - D. bivittatus - D. boshelli - D. brunneus – D. crybelum – D. dendrophis – D. graciliverpa – D. nuchaleD. paucicarinatus - D. percarinatus – D. prolixum – D. rufiterminorum – D. vinitor


Dendrophidion Fitzinger, 1843

Type species: Herpetodryas dendrophis Schlegel, 1837

Cadle, J.E., 2012: Systematics of the neotropical snake Dendrophidion percarinatum (Serpentes: Colubridae), with descriptions of two new species from western Colombia and Ecuador and supplementary data on D. brunneum. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 160 (6): 259–344. Full article: [1].
Cadle, J.E.; Savage, J.M. 2012: Systematics of the Dendrophidion nuchale complex (Serpentes: Colubridae) with the description of a new species from Central America. Zootaxa 3513: 1–50. Preview Reference page.
Fitzinger, 1843, Syst. Rept., 26.
Dendrophidion at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 29 August 2008.
Freire, E.M.X., Caramaschi, U. & Gonçalves, U. 2010. A new species of Dendrophidion (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 2719: 62–68. Preview. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: Forest Racers

Dendrophidion is a genus of New World colubrid snakes commonly referred to as forest racers.[3]

Geographic range

Species in the genus Dendrophidion range from southeastern Mexico to Bolivia.[3]

The following 15 species are recognized as being valid.[2][3]

Dendrophidion apharocybe Cadle, 2012
Dendrophidion atlantica Freire, Caramaschi & Gonçalves, 2010
Dendrophidion bivittatus (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854) – forest racer
Dendrophidion boshelli Dunn, 1944 – Boshell's forest racer
Dendrophidion brunneum (Günther, 1858) – Günther's forest racer
Dendrophidion clarkii Dunn, 1933
Dendrophidion crybelum Cadle, 2012
Dendrophidion dendrophis (Schlegel, 1837) – olive forest racer
Dendrophidion graciliverpa Cadle, 2012
Dendrophidion nuchale (W. Peters, 1863) – Peters' forest racer, pink-tailed forest racer
Dendrophidion paucicarinatum (Cope, 1894) – Cope's forest racer
Dendrophidion percarinatum (Cope, 1893) – South American forest racer
Dendrophidion prolixum Cadle, 2012
Dendrophidion rufiterminorum Cadle & Savage, 2012
Dendrophidion vinitor H.M. Smith, 1941 – barred forest racer

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Dendrophidion.

"Dendrophidion ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
"Dendrophidion ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de/systematik/Reptilien/Squamata/Serpentes/colubroidea/colubridae/colubrinae.

"Dendrophidion ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading

Fitzinger L (1843). Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp + indices. (Dendrophidion, new genus, p. 26). (in Latin).
Freiberg M (1982). Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Dendrophidion, p. 93).
Goin CJ, Goin OB, Zug GR (1978). Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Genus Dendrophidion, p. 324).


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