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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: Elapoidea

Familia: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Chamaelycus
Species (3): C. christyi – C. fasciatus – C. parkeri

Chamaelycus Boulenger, 1919

Type species: Chamaelycus christyi Boulenger, 1919, by monotypy.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Chamaelycus . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 18 February 2020.
Chamaelycus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

Vernacular names
English: African Banded Snakes

Chamaelycus is a genus of snakes, commonly referred to as banded snakes, in the family Lamprophiidae. The genus is endemic to Central Africa.[2]


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

Chamaelycus christyi Boulenger, 1919 – Christy's banded snake
Chamaelycus fasciatus (Günther, 1858) – African banded snake
Chamaelycus parkeri (Angel, 1934) – Parker's banded snake

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

The species formerly known as Chamaelycus werneri (Mocquard, 1902), is considered to be a synonym of C. fasciatus.[3]

The specific names, christyi, parkeri, and werneri, are in honor of Drs. Cuthbert Christy, Hampton Wildman Parker, and Franz Werner, respectively.[4]

"Chamaelycus ". Dahms Tierleben.
Genus Chamaelycus at The Reptile Database.
Species Chamaelycus fasciatus at The Reptile Database .

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. (Chamaelycus christyi, p. 54; C. parkeri, p. 200; C. werneri, p. 282).

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1919). "Batraciens et reptiles recueillis par le Dr. C. Christy au Congo Belge dans les districts de Stanleyville, Haute-Uelé et Ituri en 1912-1914 ". Revue Zoologique Africaine, Bruxelles 7 (1): 1-29. ("Chamælycus", new genus, p. 22). (in French).

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