SYNTYPES 6♂ 3♀ [5♂ 1♀] Sierra Leone; [1♂ 1♀] Upper Congo [Democratic Republic of the Congo]: Bopoto, 1898 (K. Smith); [1♀] Upper Congo [Democratic Republic of the Congo]: Yakusu, vi.00 (K. Smith) [NHMUK].
Proposed as a subspecies of Pseudoclanis postica. Implicitly raised to species status by Pierre, 1992, Bull. Soc. ent. Fr. 97: 284. Erroneously treated as a subspecies of Pseudoclanis postica by Bridges, 1993, Cat. Fam. Gen. Spec. Sphingidae of the World: VIII.21. Reinstated as a species by Kitching & Cadiou, 2000, Hawkmoths of the world: 64.