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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCrowned False Boa 
SynonymPseudoboa coronata SCHNEIDER 1801: 286
Scytale coronata — WIED 1824
Scytale coronata — WAGLER 1830
Scytale coronatum — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 999
Scytale coronatum — GARMAN 1887: 285
Oxyrhopus coronatus — BOULENGER 1896: 111
Pseudoboa coronata — BEEBE 1946: 38
Pseudoboa coronata — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 253
Pseudoboa coronata — GASC & RODRIGUES 1980
Pseudoboa coronata — GORZULA & SEÑARIS 1999
Pseudoboa coronata — STARACE 1998: 321
Pseudoboa coronata — ZAHER et al. 2008
Pseudoboa coronata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 598 
DistributionGuyana, Suriname, French Guiana,
Brazil (Pará etc.), Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

Type locality: “America”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: lost (orig. "Museu de Heyden" (=RMNH)] fide Hoge, 1964c: 61), lost (by inference) fide Hoge, 1964c: 61. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): species of Pseudoboa are easily distinguished from other pseudoboines by the presence of unpaired subcaudals, a characteristic that is known to occur within the pseudoboines only in Phimophis guerini (Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854), Rachidelus brazili Boulenger, 1908 and some individuals of Clelia Fitzinger, 1826, that have mixed subcaudal scales (Bailey 1967).

For an updated diagnosis (genus and species) see Cunha & Nascimenta 1983: 19,22 (in Portuguese)  
CommentType species: Pseudoboa coronata is the type species of the genus Pseudoboa SCHNEIDER 1801.

Type: unknown fide PETERS 1960.

ZAHER et al. (2008) nicely illustrate the ontogenetic shift of color patterns in this species. 
Etymology 
References
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