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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: Thrasops
Species: T. flavigularis – T. jacksonii – T. occidentalis – T. schmidti

Vernacular names
English: Black tree snakes

Thrasops is a genus of snakes in the family Colubridae. The genus is endemic to Africa.[1]


Thrasops flavigularis (Hallowell, 1852)
Thrasops jacksonii Günther, 1895
Thrasops occidentalis Parker, 1940
Thrasops schmidti Loveridge, 1936

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

The generic name, Thrasops, is from Greek Θρασος (Thrasos) meaning "bold" and ῶφ (ops) meaning "eye".[2]

The specific name, jacksonii, is in honor of English ornithologist Frederick John Jackson.[3]

The specific name, schmidti, is in honor of American herpetologist Karl Patterson Schmidt.[3]

Genus Thrasops at The Reptile Database.
Hallowell (1857).

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. ("Thrasops jacksoni [sic]", p. 132; T. schmidti, p. 236).

Further reading

Hallowell E (1857). "Notice of a collection of Reptiles from the Gaboon country, West Africa, recently presented to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, by Dr. Henry A. Ford". Proc. Acad Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 9: 48-72. (Thrasops, new genus, p. 67).
Spawls, Stephen; Howell, Kim; Drewes, Robert; Ashe, James (2001). A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa. Princeton Field Guide Series. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 544 pp. ISBN 978-0126564709.


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