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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: Pseustes
Species: P. cinnamomeus – P. poecilonotus – P. sexcarinatus – P. shropshirei – P. sulphureus

Pseustes Fitzinger, 1843

Type species: Dipsas dieperinkii Schlegel

Fitzinger, 1843: Syst. Rept., 27.
Pseustes at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 6 nov 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Puffing Snakes

Pseustes was a genus of snakes of the family Colubridae.


Jadin et al. (2013) reassigned all species of Pseustes to the genera Phrynonax and Spilotes.[1][2]

Pseustes cinnamomeus (Wagler, 1824) = Phrynonax sexcarinatus (Wagler, 1824)
Pseustes poecilonotus (Günther, 1858) = Phrynonax poecilonotus (Günther, 1858)
Pseustes sexcarinatus (Wagler, 1824) = Phrynonax sexcarinatus (Wagler, 1824)
Pseustes shropshirei (Barbour & Amaral, 1924) = Phrynonax shropshirei (Barbour & Amaral, 1924)
Pseustes sulphureus (Wagler, 1824) = Spilotes sulphureus (Wagler, 1824)


Genus Phrynonax at The Reptile Database.

Genus Spilotes at The Reptile Database.

Further reading

Fitzinger L (1843). Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. (Pseustes, new genus, p. 27). (in Latin).
Jadin, Robert C; Burbrink, Frank T.; Rivas, Gilson A.; Vitt, Laurie J.; Barrio-Amorós, César L.; Guralnick, Robert P. (2013). "Finding arboreal snakes in an evolutionary tree: phylogenetic placement and systematic revision of the Neotropical birdsnakes". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52 (3): 257-264.


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