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.


Name Relationship
Tenebrio Linnaeus 1758 Preferred
Tenebrio nigerrimus Blanchard, 1853 Synonym
Tenebrio diaperinus Panzer, 1797
Tenebrio polychresta Forskål, 1775
Tenebrio humilis Erichson 1842
Tenebrio hispidus Forskål, 1775
Tenebrio brunneus Fabricius, 1801
Tenebrio bifoveolatus Duftschmid, 1812
Tenebrio brunneus Fabricius, 1798
Tenebrio australis Boisduval, 1835
Tenebrio buprestoides Schrank, 1781
Tenebrio purpureus Herbst, 1799
Tenebrio brunneus Zimsen, 1964
Tenebrio caraboides Linnaeus, 1758
Tenebrio planus Quensel, 1790
Tenebrio pallens Linnaeus, 1781
Tenebrio minutus Linnaeus, 1767
Tenebrio pallens Paykull, 1798
Tenebrio hirticornis De Geer, 1775
Tenebrio dubia Schaller, 1783
Tenebrio depressus Linnaeus, 1767
Tenebrio planus Olivier 1795
Tenebrio pullus Sahlberg 1823
Tenebrio piceus Schaller, 1783
Tenebrio mauritanicus Linnaeus, 1758
Tenebrio lardarius De Geer, 1775
Tenebrio rufibarbis Schaller, 1783


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