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Higher TaxaPseudaspididae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mole Snake
G: Maulwurfsnatter 
SynonymColuber canus LINNAEUS 1758: 221
Coluber padera LINNAEUS 1758
Coluber margaritaceus DONNDORFF 1798 (fide BAUER & GÜNTHER 2013)
Duberria cana — FITZINGER 1826
Coronella cana — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 613
Pseudaspis cana — COPE 1864: 168
Cadnus cuneiformis THEOBALD (fide FITZSIMONS 1966)
Coronella phocarum GÜNTHER (fide FITZSIMONS 1966)
Coronella cana — SYMONDS 1887: 486
Ophirhina anchietae BOCAGE 1895 (fide FITZSIMONS 1966)
Pseudaspis cana — BOULENGER 1893: 373
Pseudaspis cana — LOVERIDGE 1936
Pseudaspis cana — FITZSIMONS & BRAIN 1958
Pseudaspis cana — AUERBACH 1987: 159
Pseudaspis cana — BOYCOTT 1992
Pseudaspis cana — BROADLEY 1998
Pseudaspis cana — CIMATTI 2007
Pseudaspis cana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 596
Pseudaspis cana — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 412 
DistributionNamibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa,
Kenya, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Rwanda, Burundi, Swaziland

Type locality: “Indiis” (in error)  
TypesHolotype: NRM 22; ZMB 65712 (not a type) appears to be pictured in Merrem 1790: 42, 1821: 52 (fide BAUER & GÜNTHER 2014)
Holotype: NRM 23 [Coluber padera] 
CommentType species: Coluber canus LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Pseudaspis FITZINGER 1843.

Type genus: Pseudaspis FITZINGER 1843 is the type genus of the family Pseudaspididae DOWLING & DUELLMAN 1978 (or the subfamily Pseudaspidinae DOWLING & DUELLMAN 1978). The family includes two genera, Pseudaspis and Pythonodipsas GÜNTHER 1868 fide Kelly et al. 2009 and Vidal et al. 2008. However, Zaher et al. 2019 also included Psammodynastes the family, which is followed here. 
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