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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: Pseudoxyrhophiidae
Genus: Compsophis

Species: Compsophis laphystius

Compsophis laphystius is a species of snake in the subfamily Pseudoxyrhophiinae of the family Lamprophiidae. The species is endemic to Madagascar.[1][2]


The preferred natural habitat of C. laphystius is the riparian zone of humid forest.[1]

C. laphystius preys upon frogs.[1]


C. laphystius is oviparous.[2]

Raselimanana, A.; Raxworthy, C.J. (2011). "Compsophis laphystius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T172862A6931512. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T172862A6931512.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.

Compsophis laphystius at the Reptile Database. Accessed 30 December 2018.

Further reading

Cadle JE (1996). "Systematics of Snakes of the Genus Geodipsas (Colubridae) from Madagascar, with Descriptions of New Species and Observations on Natural History". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 155 (2): 33–87. (Geodipsas laphystia, new species, pp. 35–44, Figures 1, 3).
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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