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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: Dipsadidae
Subfamilia: Dipsadinae
Genus: Saphenophis
Species (5): S. antioquiensisS. atahuallpaeS. boursieri – S. sneiderni – S. tristriatus

Saphenophis Myers, 1973

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Saphenophis . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 6 November 2021.

Saphenophis is a genus of snakes in the subfamily Dipsadinae of the family Colubridae.[1] The genus is native to northwestern South America.

Geographic range

Species in the genus Saphenophis are found in Colombia and Ecuador.[1]

Five species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Saphenophis antioquiensis (Dunn, 1943)
Saphenophis atahuallpae (Steindachner, 1901)
Saphenophis boursieri (Jan, 1867)
Saphenophis sneiderni Myers, 1973
Saphenophis tristriatus (Rendahl & Vestergren, 1941)

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

The specific name, boursieri, is in honor of French ornithologist Jules Bourcier.[2]

The specific name, sneiderni, is in honor of Swedish taxidermist Kjell von Sneidern (1910–2000), who collected natural history specimens in Colombia.[2]

Genus Saphenophis at The Reptile Database.

Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Saphenophis boursieri, p. 35; Saphenophis sneiderni, p. 247).

Further reading

Freiberg M (1982). Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Genus Saphenophis, p. 109).
Myers CW (1973). "A New Genus for Andean Snakes Related to Lygophis boursieri and a New Species (Colubridae)". American Museum Novitates (2522): 1-37. (Saphenophis, new genus, p. 2; Saphenophis sneiderni, new species, p. 22).


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