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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: Limaformosa
Species (6): L. capensis – L. chanleri – L. crossi – L. guirali – L. savorgnani – L. vernayi

Limaformosa Broadley, Tolley, Conradie, Wishart, Trape, Burger, Kusamba, Zassi-Boulou & Greenbaum, 2018: 46

Type species: Heterolepis capensis Smith, 1847, by original designation.

Primary references

Broadley, D.G.†, Tolley, K.A., Conradie, W., Wishart, S., Trape, J.-F., Burger, M., Kusamba, C., Zassi-Boulou, A.-G. & Greenbaum, E. 2018. A phylogeny and genus-level revision of the African file snakes Gonionotophis Boulenger (Squamata: Lamprophiidae). African Journal of Herpetology 67(1): 43–60. DOI: 10.1080/21564574.2018.1423578 Paywall Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Limaformosa . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 14 February 2020.

Limaformosa is a genus of snakes, commonly known as file snakes, in the family Lamprophiidae. The genus is endemic to Africa.


The generic name, Limaformosa, is from Latin lima meaning "file" + formosa meaning "beautifully formed".[1]

There are six recognized species in the genus:[1]

Limaformosa capensis (A. Smith, 1847) – Cape file snake
Limaformosa chanleri (Stejneger, 1893) – unicolor file snake
Limaformosa crossi (Boulenger, 1895) – Crosse's file snake
Limaformosa guirali (Mocquard, 1887) – Mocquard's file snake
Limaformosa savorgnani (Mocquard, 1887) – Congo file snake
Limaformosa vernayi (Bogert, 1940) – Angolan file snake

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

"Limaformosa ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Gonionotophis, new genus, p. 323).
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 Mehelya, p. 78).
Broadley, Donald G.; Tolley, Krystal A.; Conradie, Werner; Wishart, Sarah; Trape, Jean-François; Burger, Marius; Kusamba, Chifundera; Zassi-Boulou, Ange-Ghislain; Greenbaum, Eli (2018). "A phylogeny and genus-level revision of the African file snakes Gonionotophis Boulenger (Squamata: Lamprophiidae)". African Journal of Herpetology 67 (1): 43–60. (Limaformosa, new genus).


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