Grayia (snake)

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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Subfamily: Lamprophiinae
Genus: Grayia
Günther, 1858[1]

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Grayia is a genus of colubrid snakes commonly referred to as African water snakes.


The generic name, Grayia, is in honor of British herpetologist John Edward Gray.[2]


The following four species are recognized as being valid.[3]

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

The specific name, smythii, is in honor of Norwegian botanist Christen Smith.[2] The specific name, tholloni, is in honor of François-Romain Thollon (1855–1896) who was a French collector of natural history specimens in Africa.[2]


  1. ^ "Grayia ". Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ a b c Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Grayia, p. 107; G. smythii, p. 247; G. tholloni, p. 265.).
  3. ^ "Grayia ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1894). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xi + 382 pp. + Plates I-XX. (Genus Grayia, p. 286).
  • Günther A (1858). Catalogue of the Colubrine Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xvi + 281 pp. (Grayia, new genus, pp. 50–51).

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