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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: Dipsadidae
Subfamilia: Dipsadinae
Genus: Pliocercus
Species (2): P. elapoides – P. euryzonus

Pliocercus Cope, 1860: 253

Type species: Pliocercus elapoides Cope, 1860, by original combination and monotypy.
Primary references

Cope, E.D. 1860. Catalogue of the Colubridae in the Museum of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, with notes and descriptions of new species. Part 2. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 241–266. BHL Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Pilocercus . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 16 May 2018.

Pliocercus is a genus of snakes in the subfamily Dipsadinae.[1]

Geographic range

Species in the genus Pliocercus are found in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.[1]
Species and subspecies

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[1]

  • Pliocercus elapoides Cope, 1860
    • Pliocercus elapoides aequalis Salvin, 1861
    • Pliocercus elapoides diastema (Bocourt, 1886)
    • Pliocercus elapoides elapoides Cope, 1860
    • Pliocercus elapoides occidentalis H.M. Smith & Landy, 1965
  • Pliocercus euryzonus Cope, 1862
    • Pliocercus euryzonus burghardti H.M. Smith & Chiszar, 1996
    • Pliocercus euryzonus euryzonus Cope, 1862

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Pliocercus.

Genus Pliocercus at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading

Cope ED (1860). "Catalogue of the Colubridæ in the Museum of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, with notes and descriptions of new species. Part 2". Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia [12]: 241-266. (Pliocercus, new genus, p. 253; P. elapoides, new species, pp. 253–254).


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