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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: Lamprophiinae
Genera: Dromicodryas
Species: D. bernieri - D. quadrilineatus
Dromicodryas Boulenger, 1893

Dromicodryas is a genus of lamprophiid snakes found only on the island of Madagascar. They are harmless to humans.


Two species are currently recognized.[1]

Dromicodryas bernieri (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854) – Bernier's striped snake
Dromicodryas quadrilineatus (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854) – four-striped snake

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


The specific name, bernieri, is in honor of French naval surgeon Alphonse Charles Joseph Bernier (1802–1858), who collected natural history specimens in Madagascar.[2]


Dromicodryas at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 1 February 2014.

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Dromicodryas bernieri, p. 24).

Further reading

Boulenger G (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Dromicodryas, new genus, p. 189; species D. bernieri, pp. 189–190; species D. quadrilineatus, pp. 190–191).


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