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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: Brygophis
Species: Brygophis coulangesi
Brygophis Domergue & Bour 1989

Brygophis is a genus of snake in the family Lamprophiidae (subfamily Pseudoxyrhophiinae).[2] The genus is monotypic, containing the sole species Brygophis coulangesi, which is endemic to Madagascar.[1][2]


The generic name, Brygophis, is in honor of French herpetologist Édouard-Raoul Brygoo.[3]

The specific name, coulangesi, is in honor of French epidemiologist Pierre Coulanges.[3]

The preferred natural habitat of B. coulangesi is forest, at altitudes of 900–1,200 m (3,000–3,900 ft).[1]

B. coulangesi is arboreal.[1][2]

B. coulangesi preys upon frogs and small mammals.[1]

B. coulangesi is oviparous.[2]

Raxworthy, C.J.; Andreone, F.; Glaw, F.; Rafanomezantsoa, J.; Vences, M. (2012). "Brygophis coulangesi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T172929A1374813. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T172929A1374813.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
Brygophis coulangesi at the Reptile Database. Accessed 5 December 2016.

Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Brygophis, p. 41; species B. coulangesi, p. 60).

Further reading

Andreone F, Raxworthy CJ (1998). "The colubrid snake Brygophis coulangesi (Domergue, 1988) rediscovered in north-eastern Madagascar". Tropical Zoology 11 (2): 249–257.
Domergue C (1988). "Notes sur les serpents de la région malgache. 8. Colubridae nouveaux ". Bulletin du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, Section A Zoologie Biologie et Ecologie Animales 10 (1): 135–146. (Perinetia coulangesi, new species, p. 135). (in French).
Domergue C, Bour R (1989). "Brygophis nom nouveaux pour Perinetia Domergue, 1988, préemployé (Reptilia, Colubridae)". Bull. Mus. d'Hist. Nat. Paris, Sect. A Zool. Biol. Ecol. Anim. 10 (4): 805–806. (Brygophis, new generic name; B. coulangesi, new combination). (in French).
Glaw F, Vences M (2006). A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition. Cologne, Germany: Vences & Glaw Verlag. 496 pp. ISBN 978-3929449-03-7.


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