Macroprotodon

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Macroprotodon
Benny Trapp Macroprotodon brevis.jpg
Macroprotodon brevis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Lamprophiidae
Subfamily: Lamprophiinae
Genus: Macroprotodon

Macroprotodon is a genus of snakes in the family Colubridae. All of the member species of the genus are commonly known as false smooth snakes.

Taxonomy[edit]

The genus Macroprotodon was originally described by French zoologist Alphone Guichenot in 1850. The genus is in the subfamily Colubrinae of the family Colubridae.[1]

Species[edit]

Macroprotodon contains four species.[2]

Some authorities have considered some of these species to be subspecies of the other species.[3]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Macroprotodon ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de/systematik/Reptilien/Squamata/Serpentes/colubroidea/colubridae#Colubrinae.
  2. ^ "Macroprotodon ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Busack SD, McCoy CJ (1990). "Distribution, variation, and biology of Macroprotodon cucullatus (Reptilia: Colubridae: Boiginae)". Ann. Carnegie Mus. 59 (4): 261-286.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1896). Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Macroprotodon, p. 175).
  • Guichenot A (1850). Histoire naturelle des reptiles et des poissons de l'Algérie. Exploration scientifique de l'Algérie pendant les années 1840, 1841, 1842. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale. 147 pp. + atlas. (Macroprotodon, new genus, and M. mauritanicus, new species, p. 22). (in French).