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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: Lytorhynchus
Species: L. diadema – L. gasperetti – L. kennedyi – L. maynardi – L. paradoxus – L. ridgewayi

Lytorhynchus Peters, 1862

Type species: Lytorhynchus diadema, Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854

Peters, 1862: Monatsber. Akod. Wiss. Berlin, 1862: p. 272.
Lytorhynchus at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 21 sep 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Leafnose Snakes

Lytorhynchus is a genus of snakes of the family Colubridae.[1]

Geographic range

Species of the genus Lytorhynchus are found from North Africa, eastward through the Middle East, to Pakistan and western India.[1]

Six species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Lytorhynchus diadema (A.M.C. Duméril, Bibron & A.H.A. Duméril, 1854)
Lytorhynchus gasperetti Leviton, 1977
Lytorhynchus kennedyi Schmidt, 1939
Lytorhynchus maynardi Alcock & Finn, 1897
Lytorhynchus paradoxus (Günther, 1875)
Lytorhynchus ridgewayi Boulenger, 1887

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

Genus Lytorhynchus at The Reptile Database

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1890). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. (Genus Lytorhynchus, pp. 322–323, Figure 98).
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. (Genus Lytorhynchus, p. 414).
Peters W (1862). "Über die von dem so früh in Afrika verstorbenen Freiherrn von Barnim und Dr. Hartmann auf ihrer Reise durch Aegypten, Nubien und dem Sennâr gesammelten Amphibien ". Monatsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1862: 271–279. (Lytorhynchus, new genus, p. 272). (in German).
Smith MA (1943). The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-region. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. III.—Serpentes. London: Secretary of State for India. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 583 pp. (Genus Lytorhynchus, p. 189).


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