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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: Colubrinae
Genus: Hemirhagerrhis
Species: H. hildebrandtii – H. kelleri – H. nototaenia – H. viperina

Vernacular names
English: Bark Snakes

Hemirhagerrhis is a genus of snakes in the subfamily Psammophiinae within the family Lamprophiidae.[1][2]

Geographic range

The genus Hemirhagerrhis is endemic to Africa.[2]

The genus Hemirhagerrhis contains four species which are recognized as being valid.[2]

Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii (W. Peters, 1878)
Hemirhagerrhis kelleri Boettger, 1893
Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia (Günther, 1864)
Hemirhagerrhis viperina (Bocage, 1873)

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


The specific name, hildebrandtii, is in honor of German botanist Johann Maria Hildebrandt.[3]

The specific name, kellerii, is in honor of Swiss naturalist Conrad Keller.[3]

Snakes of the genus Hemirhagerrhis are oviparous.[2]

Genus Hemirhagerrhis. Dahms Tierleben. (in German).
Genus Hemirhagerrhis 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. (Hemirhagerrhis hildebrandtii, p. 123; H. kelleri, p. 139).

Further reading

Boettger O (1893). "Übersicht der von Prof. C. Keller anlässlich der Ruspoli'schen Expedition nach den Somaliländern gesammelten Reptilien und Batrachier ". Zoologischer Anzeiger 16 (416): 113–119. (Hemirhagerrhis, new genus, p. 119). (in German).
Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Genus Hemirhagerrhis, p. 119).
Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Genus Hemirhagerrhis, pp. 85-86).

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