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.

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Scleractinia Bourne, 1900 Preferred
Eusmiliopsis Invalid
Cyclindrocyathus Alloiteau 1952
Thecoseriopsis
Saltastraea
Thamnasteria maxima Eguchi 1951
Thamnasteria rikuzenica Eguchi 1951
Thamnasteria komagataensis Eguchi 1951
Thamnasteria cycloides Eguchi 1951
Thamnasteria protoserioides Eguchi 1951

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Scleractinia Preferred
Madreporaria Synonym
stony corals Blast name

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