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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: Symphimus
Species: S. leucostomus – S. mayae

Symphimus Cope, 1869

Cope, E. (1870 "1869") "Seventh Contribution to the Herpetology of Tropical America'". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 11, n. 81, p. 147-192.
Vernacular names
English: White-lipped Snakes

Symphimus is a genus of snakes in the family Colubridae. The genus is endemic to Mexico and Central America.[1]

Species and geographic ranges

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

Symphimus leucostomus Cope, 1869 – southeastern Mexico (Chiapas, Jalisco, Oaxaca)
Symphimus mayae (Gaige, 1936) – northern Belize, Guatemala, Mexico (Campeche, Quintana Roo, Yucatán)


The specific name, mayae, is in honor of the Maya of the Yucatán Peninsula.[2]

Snakes of the genus Symphimus are oviparous.[1]

Genus Symphimus at The Reptile Database.

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Symphimus mayae, p. 172).

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum. Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Genus Symphimus, p. 642).
Cope ED (1869). "Seventh Contribution to the Herpetology of Tropical America". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 11: 147–192. (Symphimus, new genus, and Symphimus leucostomus, new species, p. 150).
Gaige H (1936). "Some Reptiles and Amphibians from Yucatan and Campeche, Mexico". Carnegie Institution of Washington Publications (457): 289–304. (Eurypholis mayae, new species, p. 300).
Heimes, Peter (2016). Snakes of Mexico: Herpetofauna Mexicana Vol. I. Frankfurt, Germany: Chimaira. 572 pp. ISBN 978-3899731002.


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