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.

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Xyloryctes jamaicensis (Drury, 1773) Preferred
Scarabaeus americanus Palisot de Beauvois, 1807 Synonym
Scarabaeus tuberosus HERBST, 1789
Xylorectes lacustris CASEY, 1915
Xylorectes lacustris tenuicornutus Casey, 1915
Xylorectes obsolescens CASEY, 1915
Scarabaeus satyrus Fabricius, 1775

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Xyloryctes jamaicensis (Drury, 1773) Preferred
Scarabaeus satyrus Fabricius, 1775 Junior synonym
Scarabaeus americanus Palisot de Beauvois, 1807
Xyloryctes faunus Casey, 1895
Xyloryctes hebes Casey, 1915
Xyloryctes lacustris Casey, 1915
Xyloryctes obsolescens Casey, 1915
Xyloryctes tenuicornutus Casey, 1915


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