Huernia guttata subsp. guttata (Masson) Haw. in Syn. Pl. Succ.: 30 (1812).
Etymology: guttatus (Lat.) - dappled, marked with the spots.
Distribution: South Africa (Eastern Cape, Western Cape).
History: Huernia guttata was discovered by Francis Masson and described in 1796 as Stapelia guttata and Stapelia venusta. Stapelia lentiginosa was published by Sims in 1806. Adrian Haworth transfered all of them to the genus Huernia in 1812. Stapelia ocellata and Stapelia venusta (non Masson) with var. minor were described by Nicolaas Jacquin (1806). S. occelata was transfered to the genus Huernia by Schultes (1820).
Alain White and Boyd Sloane recognized H. guttata, H. ocellata and H. venusta in 1937.