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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Gasca’s Ethiopian Snake 
SynonymPseudoboodon gascae PERACCA 1897: 2
Pseudoboaedon gascae — CALABRESI 1925: 104
Pseudoboodon gascae — ELTER 1981
Pseudoboodon gascae — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 474
Pseudoboodon gascae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 600
Pseudoboodon gascae — TIUTENKO et al. 2022 
DistributionEthiopia, Eritrea

Type locality: “Maldi (Eritrea)” [= Maldi, S Anseba Prov., N Eritrea, 15°38’N, 38°48’E, elevation 2450 m] (lectotype locality)  
TypesSyntypes: MRSN (= MSNTO = MZUT) R1658, MSNG 30986 
DiagnosisOriginal description: Peracca 1897: 2

For a description and measurements see also Calabresi 1923: 104 
CommentSynonymy: has been considered as a synonym of P. lemniscatus (e.g. Capocaccia 1961).

Type species: Pseudoboodon gascae PERACCA 1897: 273 is the type species of the genus Pseudoboodon PERACCA 1897. 
EtymologyNamed after Captain A. Gasca, an Italian officer who collected reptiles in Erittea. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Calabresi, Enrica 1925. Anfibi e rettili raccolti dal Signor Ugo Ignesti nell'Abissinia settentrionale. Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milano 64: 100-109 - get paper here
  • Capocaccia, L. 1961. Catalogo dei tipi di Rettili del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova [MSNG]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Giacomo Doria 72: 86-111 - get paper here
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. 1997. An annotated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Eritrea, with keys for their identification. Tropical Zoology 10: 63-115 - get paper here
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Peracca, M.G. 1897. Intorno ad alcuni Ofidii raccolti a Maldi (Eritrea) dal Capitano A. Gasca. Bollettino dei Musei di Zoologia e di Anatomia Comparata della R. Università di Torino 12 (273): 1-3 - get paper here
  • Rasmussen, J.B. & LARGEN,M.J. 1992. A review of Pseudoboodon PERACCA with the description of a new species from Southwest Ethiopia (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Lycodontinae, Boadontini). Steenstrupia 18 (3): 65-80
  • Spawls, Stephen. 2004. A New Species of Pseudoboodon (Reptilia: Serpentes) from the Central Highlands of Ethiopia; with notes on some other members of the genus. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 13-19 - get paper here
  • Stephen Spawls; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Tiutenko, A., Koch, C., Pabijan, M., & Zinenko, O. 2022. Generic affinities of African house snakes revised: a new genus for Boodon erlangeri (Serpentes: Elapoidea: Lamprophiidae: Lamprophiinae). SALAMANDRA, 58(4), 235-262 - get paper here
  • Tiutenko, Arthur 2018. A new record of Pseudoboodon gascae Peracca, 1897 (Squamata: Serpentes: Lamprophiidae) from the southern edge of the Ethiopian Highlands. Herpetology Notes 11: 201-203 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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