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Taxonavigation: Elapoidea 

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: Elapoidea

Familia: Pseudoxyrhophiidae
Genus: Compsophis
Subgenera: C. (Compsophis) – C. (Geodipsas)

Species: C. albiventris – C. boulengeri – C. fatsibe – C. infralineatus – C. laphystius – C. vinckei – C. zeny –


Compsophis Mocquard, 1894


  • Cadle, J.E., 1996: Systematics of snakes of the genus Geodipsas (Colubridae) from Madagascar, with descriptions of new species and observations on natural history. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 155(2): 33–87.
  • Glaw, F., Nagy, Z.T. & Vences, M. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships and classification of the Malagasy pseudoxyrhophiine snake genera Geodipsas and Compsophis based on morphological and molecular data. Zootaxa 1517(1): 53–62. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.1517.1.2 Paywall. ResearchGate Open access. Reference page
  • Glaw & Vences: A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar Third edition (2007) ISBN 978-3-929449-03-7.
  • Mercurio, V. & F. Andreone, 2005: Description of a new Geodipsas snake from northern Madagascar (Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 1093: 61–68. Abstract: [1].
  • Ziegler, T. ; M. Vences ; F. Glaw & W. Böhme, 1997: Genital morphology and systematics of Geodipsas Boulenger, 1896 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae), with description of a new genus. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 104 (1): 95–114. Full article: [2].

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Madagascar Big-head Snake
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