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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Gonionotophis
Boulenger, 1893[1]

Gonionotophis is a genus of snakes also known as African ground snakes and file snakes.


As of November 2010, there are 15 recognized species in the genus:[2]

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


  1. ^ "Gonionotophis ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de
  2. ^ a b Kelly CMR et al. (2010). "Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903". Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 58 (3): 415-426.doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.11.010

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1893). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume I., Containing the Families ... Colubridæ Aglyphæ, part. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 448 pp. + Plates I-XXVIII. (Gonionotophis, new genus, p. 323).
  • Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Genus Mehelya, p. 78).