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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: Colubrinae
Genus: Philothamnus
Species (21): P. angolensis – P. battersbyi – P. bequaerti – P. carinatus – P. dorsalis – P. girardi – P. heterodermus – P. heterolepidotus – P. hoplogaster – P. hughesi – P. irregularis – P. macrops – P. natalensis – P. nitidus – P. occidentalis – P. ornatus – P. pobeguini – P. punctatus – P. ruandae – P. semivariegatus – P. thomensis


Philothamnus Smith, 1847: unnumbered page, expl. pl. 59


Primary references[edit]

  • Smith, A. 1838–1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa; Consisting Chiefly of Figures and Descriptions of the Objects of Natural History Collected During an Expedition Into the Interior of South Africa, in the Years 1834, 1835, and 1836; Fitted Out by “The Cape of Good Hope Association for Exploring Central Africa.” Published Under the Authority of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury. Reptilia. Vol. 2. Smith, Elder and Co.: London. [100] + 28 pp., pls. 1–78. BHL Reference page
  • International Commisision on Zoological Nomenclature. 1955. Opinion 328. Suppression under the Plenary Powers, of the specific name “caesiusCloquet, 1818, as published in the combination “Coluber caesius”, for the purpose of validating the specific name “irregularisLeach, 1819, as published in the combination “Coluber irregularis” (Class Reptilia, Order Squamata). pp. 299–308 In Hemming, F. (ed.). Opinions and declarations rendered by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Volume 9, part 20. International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature: London. 416 pp. BHL Reference page

Additional references[edit]

  • Hughes, B. 1977. Chlorophis carinatus Andersson, 1901, proposed nomenclatural precedence over Philothamnus nigrofasciatus Buchholz and Peters, 1875, its senior subjective synonym (Reptilia: Colubridae). Z.N.(S) 2174 - Bull. zool. Nomencl 33: 248–249.
  • Hughes, B. 1985. Progress on a taxonomic revision of the african green tree snakes (Philothamnus spp.). - In: African Vertebrates, Karl-L. Schuchmann, Bonn, pp. 511–530.
  • Trape, J.-F. & Baldé, C. 2014. A checklist of the snake fauna of Guinea, with taxonomic changes in the genera Philothamnus and Dipsadoboa (Colubridae) and a comparison with the snake fauna of some other West African countries. Zootaxa 3900(3): 301–338. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3900.3.1 Paywall Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: African Green Snakes