Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

FishBase

Name Relationship
Zoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Blennius americanus Bloch & Schneider, 1801 Synonym
Blennius anguillaris Peck, 1804
Blennius ciliatus Mitchill, 1814
Blennius gronovii (Valenciennes, 1836)
Blennius labrosus Mitchill, 1815
Blennius viviparus unicolor Walbaum 1792
Macrozoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Zoarces gronovii Valenciennes, 1836

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Zoarces americanus Preferred
Blennius americanus
Macrozoarces americanus
Blennius americanus Bloch & Schneider, 1801 Authority
Zoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Zoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Blennius anguillaris Peck, 1804
Blennius ciliatus Mitchill, 1814
Blennius labrosus Mitchill, 1815
Blennius viviparus unicolor Walbaum 1792
Zoarces gronovii Valenciennes, 1836
Blennius americanus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Blennius gronovii (Valenciennes, 1836)
Macrozoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Zoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Macrozoarces americanus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Subsequent name/combination
Zoarces anguillaris (Peck, 1804) Junior synonym

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