Evolution and systematics

Although the genus Anomochilus is known from very few specimens, none of which have been kept alive, a detailed anatomical study of a single specimen of A. weberi suggested that this genus is the most primitive living member of the group (clade) to which all of the large-jawed ("true") snakes (Alethinophidia) belong. Current systematic treatments therefore place the genus among the most basal members, or as the most basal member, of the group. No subfamilies are recognized.

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