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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: Lycodryas
Species: L. cococola – L. maculatus – L. sanctijohannis


Lycodryas is a genus of snakes in the family Lamprophiidae. The genus contains ten species, eight of which are endemic to the island of Madagascar, and two to the Comoros Islands.[1] All of the species are harmless to humans.

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

Lycodryas carleti (Domergue, 1995)
Lycodryas citrinus (Domergue, 1995)
Lycodryas cococola Hawlitschek, Nagy & Glaw, 2012
Lycodryas gaimardii (Schlegel, 1837)
Lycodryas granuliceps (Boettger, 1877)
Lycodryas guentheri (Boulenger, 1896)
Lycodryas inopinae (Domergue, 1995)
Lycodryas inornatus (Boulenger, 1896)
Lycodryas maculatus (Günther, 1858) - spotted tree snake
Lycodryas pseudogranuliceps (Domergue, 1995)

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

Lycodryas at the Reptile Database. Accessed 15 February 2014.

Further reading

Günther A (1879). "On Mammals and Reptiles from Johanna, Comoro Islands". Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Fifth Series 3: 215–219. (Lycodryas, new genus, p. 218).


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