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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesAspidelaps scutatus fulafulus (BIANCONI 1849)
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius BROADLEY 1968
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus (SMITH 1849) 
Common NamesE: scutatus: Common Shield Cobra, Shield-nose Snake
fulafula: Eastern Shield Cobra, Eastern Shield-nose Snake
intermedius: Intermediate Shield Cobra, Intermediate Shield-nose Snake,
G: Schildnasenkobra, Schildkobra 
SynonymAspidelaps scutatus scutatus (SMITH 1849)
Cyrtophis scutatus SMITH 1849: 22
Crytophis [sic] scutatus SMITH 1849 (fide HARDING & WELCH 1980)
Cyrtophis scutatus — PETERS 1882: 139
Aspidelaps scutatus — BOULENGER 1896: 391
Aspidelaps scutatus bachrani MERTENS 1954: 215
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus — AUERBACH 1987: 195
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013
Aspidelaps scutatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 57
Aspidelaps scutatus scutatus — KEMP & CONRADIE 2017

Aspidelaps scutatus fulafulus (BIANCONI 1849: 108)
Naja fula-fula BIANCONI 1849: 108
Naia fula-fula BIANCONI 1850: 211
Aspidelaps scutatus — BOULENGER 1896: 391
Aspidelaps scutatus fulafula — JACOBSEN et al. 2010
Aspidelaps scutatus fulafula — PIETERSEN et al. 2013
Aspidelaps scutatus fulafula — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013

Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius BROADLEY 1968
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius BROADLEY 1968
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius — BOYCOTT 1992
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius — BATES et al. 2014: 395 
DistributionNamibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, NE Republic of South Africa, Mozambique

scutatus: Namibia, Botswana, SW Zimbabwe, NE Transvaal

fulafula: SE Zimbabwe, S Mozambique

intermedius: E Transvaal, Swaziland

Type locality: “Kaffirland and the country toward Natal”  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.17.83 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: DNMNH (= TM) 5434, adult male, collected by Mr. Dreyer Dec 1896. [intermedius]
Holotype: MZUB (?), collected by C. Fornasini between 1842 and 1847 [fulafulus] 

BROADLEY (1990) considered A. s. bachrani only as a color variant but not a subspecies of A. scutatus. 
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