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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: Lamprophiinae
Genus: Liophidium
Species: L. apperti – L. chabaudi – L. mayottensis – L. pattoni – L. rhodogaster – L. therezieni – L. torquatum – L. trilineatum – L. vaillanti

Liophidum Boulenger, 1896: 598


Vieites, D.R.; Ratsoavina, F.M.; Randrianiaina, R.-D.; Nagy, Z.T.; Glaw, F.; Vences, M. 2010: A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships. Salamandra, 46(1): 1–10. [PDF available from journal website]


Nomenclator Zoologicus

Liophidium is a genus of snakes in the family Lamprophiidae. The genus contains ten species, nine of which are endemic to the island of Madagascar and one to the island of Mayotte.[1] All species of Liophidium are harmless to humans.


The following species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Liophidium apperti Domergue, 1984
Liophidium chabaudi Domergue, 1984
Liophidium maintikibo Franzen, Jones, Raselimanana, Nagy, D’Cruze, Glaw & Vences, 2009
Liophidium mayottensis (W. Peters, 1874) - Peters' brightsnake
Liophidium pattoni Vieites, Ratsoavina, Randrianiaina, Nagy, Glaw & Vences, 2010
Liophidium rhodogaster (Schlegel, 1837) - gold-collared snake
Liophidium therezieni Domergue, 1984
Liophidium torquatum (Boulenger, 1888)
Liophidium trilineatum Boulenger, 1896 - Madagascar three-lined snake
Liophidium vaillanti (Mocquard, 1901)

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


Liophidium at the Reptile Database. Accessed 14 February 2014.

Further reading

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. (Liophidium, new genus, pp. 598–599).
Glaw F, Vences M (2007). A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, Third Edition. Cologne, Germany: Vences & Glaw Verlag. 496 pp. ISBN 978-3929449037.


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