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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Superfamilia: Booidea

Familia: Boidae
Subfamilia: Boinae
Genus: Epicrates
Species (5): E. alvarezi – E. assisi – E. cenchria – E. crassus – E. maurus

Epicrates Wagler, 1830: 168

Type species: Boa cenchria Linnaeus, 1758, by monotypy.

Primary references

Wagler, J.G. 1830. Natürliches System der Amphibien, mit vorangehender Classification der Säugetiere und Vögel. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie. J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung: München, Stuttgart, & Tübingen. 354 pp. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Passos, P. & Fernandes, R. 2008. Revision of the Epicrates cenchria Complex (Serpentes: Boidae). Herpetological Monographs 22(1): 1–30. DOI: 10.1655/06-003.1 PaywallReference page.
Rivera, P.C., Di Cola, V., Martínez, J.J., Gardenal, C.N. & Chiaraviglio, M. 2011. Species Delimitation in the Continental Forms of the Genus Epicrates (Serpentes, Boidae) Integrating Phylogenetics and Environmental Niche Models. PLoS One 6(9): e22199. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022199 Open access Reference page.
Reynolds, R.G. & Henderson, R.W. 2018. Boas of the World (Superfamily Booidea): A Checklist With Systematic, Taxonomic, and Conservation Assessments. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 162(1): 1–59. DOI: 10.3099/MCZ48.1 Open access Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2023. Epicrates . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 14 June 2022.

Vernacular names
čeština: Hroznýšovec
Deutsch: Regenbogenboas
English: Rainbow Boas

Epicrates is a genus of non-venomous snakes in the subfamily Boinae of the family Boidae. The genus is native to South America and Central America. Five species are currently recognized as being valid, including the rainbow boa.[2]
Distribution and habitat

Species of Epicrates are found in lower Central America through South America as far south as Argentina.[1]

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