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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: Natricinae
Genus: Rhabdops
Species: R. aquaticus – R. olivaceus

Rhabdops Boulenger, 1893
Vernacular names
English: Trapezoid Snakes

Rhabdops is a genus of snakes in the subfamily Natricinae of the family Colubridae.[1] The genus is endemic to the Western Ghats of India.

The genus Rhabdops contains two recognized valid species:[2]

Rhabdops aquaticus Giri, Deepak, Captain & Gower, 2017 – aquatic rhabdops, water rhabdops
Rhabdops olivaceus (Beddome, 1863) – olive forest snake, olive trapezoid snake

The species R. bicolor was removed from Rhabdops in 2019, and placed in the newly-erected genus Smithophis.[3]

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

Bisby FA, Roskov YR, Orrell TM, Nicolson D, Paglinawan LE, Bailly N, Kirk PM, Bourgoin T, Baillargeon G, Ouvrard D, eds. (2011). "Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2011 Annual Checklist". Species 2000: Reading, UK. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
Genus Rhabdops at The Reptile Database.

Deepak, V.; Captain, Ashok; Lalronunga, Samuel; Lalremsanga, H. T.; Das, Abhijit; Gower, David J.; Giri, Varad B. (2019-05-09). "A new genus and species of natricine snake from northeast India". Zootaxa. 4603 (2): 241–264. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4603.2.2. hdl:10141/622621. ISSN 1175-5334.

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. (Rhabdops, new genus, p. 300).
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 Rhabdops, pp. 327–328).


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