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Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

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: Philothamnus
Species: 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. ornatus – P. punctatus – P. semivariegatus – P. thomensis


Philothamnus Smith, 1840

Type species: Dendrophis (Philothamnus) natalensis Smith, 1840


  • Smith, A. 1838: 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. Vol. 3, Reptilia. 28 p Smith, Elder, & Co., London [This series was published in 28 parts; see Waterhouse 1880, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1880: 489–491, and Jentink 1893, Notes Leyden Mus. 15: 182, for publication dates and contents.]
  • 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