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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: Natricinae
Genus: Plagiopholis
Species: P. blakewayi – P. delacouri – P. nuchalis – P. styani – P. unipostocularis


Zhong, G-H., Chen, W.D., Liu, Q., Zhu, F., Peng, P.H. & Guo, P. 2015. Valid or not? Yunnan mountain snake Plagiopholis unipostocularis (Serpentes: Colubridae: Pseudoxenodontinae). Zootaxa 4020(2): 390–396. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4020.2.9. Preview (PDF). Reference page.
Plagiopholis is a genus of snakes in the family Colubridae.[1][2]

General Facts

The species of this genus are found in Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan.[3][4][5][6][7] The snakes of this genus are mountainous species that can be found in grasses and bushes. They feed primarily on earthworms, frogs, and arthropods (Zhao 2006). All species are oviparous, meaning they use internal fertilization to lay eggs.[8] Plagiopholis species can be distinguished from other genera in the subfamily Pseudoxenodontinae by their lower midbody scale count, entire anal plate, and smaller size (O'Shea 2018).

List of species

Plagiopholis blakewayi Boulenger, 1893[4]
Plagiopholis delacouri Angel, 1929[5]
Plagiopholis nuchalis (Boulenger, 1893)[6]
Plagiopholis styani (Boulenger, 1899)[7]

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

Boulenger GA (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. (Plagiopholis, new genus, p. 301).([1]).


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Wallach, Van; Williams, Kenneth L.; Boundy, Jeff. (2014). Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. pp. 562–563 (of 1, 237 pp.). ISBN 9781482208474.
"Plagiopholis blakewayi ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
"Plagiopholis delacouri ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
"Plagiopholis nuchalis ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
"Plagiopholis styani ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
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