Leptodeira septentrionalis

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Leptodeira septentrionalis


Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Natricinae
Genus: Thamnophis
Species: Leptodeira septentrionalis


  • Leptodeira septentrionalis (Kennicott in Baird, 1859)

Lectotype: USNM 131739 (formerly SIM 2288), ♀. [designated by Smith & Taylor (1950: 361)]

Type locality: “Matamoras, Tam. [=Tamaulipas]; Brownsville, Tex. [=Texas]”, restricted by lectotype designation to “Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas” by Smith & Taylor (1950: 361).


  • Dipsas septentrionalis Kennicott in Baird, 1859: 16 [original combination]
  • Sibon annulatum septentrionaleCope, 1875: 38 [subsequent combination]
  • Leptodeira septentrionalisStejneger, 1891: 505 [subsequent combination]
  • Sibon septentrionaleCope, 1892: 678 [subsequent combination]
  • Leptodeira annulata septentrionalisAmaral, 1929: 78 [subsequent combination]


Primary references[edit]

  • Baird, S.F. 1859. Reptiles of the boundary, with notes by the naturalists of the survey. in United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, under the orders of Lieut. Col. W.H. Emory, Major First Cavalry, and United States Commissioner. Volume 2, Part 1. Government Printing Office, Washington. 36 pp. + 41 pls. BHL
  • Cope, E.D. 1875. Check-list of North American Batrachia and Reptilia, with a systematic list of the higher groups, and an essay on Geographic distribution: Serpentes: Based on the specimens in the U.S. National Museum. Government Printing Office: Washington. 104 pp. BHL
  • Stejneger, L. 1891. Notes on some North American snakes. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 14(876): 501–505. BHL
  • Cope, E.D. [1891] 1892. A critical review of the characters and variations of the snakes of North America. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 14: 589–694. BHL
  • Amaral, A. 1929. Estudos sobre ophidios neotropicos. XVIII - Lista remissiva dos ophidios da região neotropica. Memórias do Instituto Butantan 4: 1–271.


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Northern Cat-eyed Snake
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