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.

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Primnoidae Milne Edwards, 1857 Preferred
Ascolepsis Synonym
Caligorgia Wright & Studer 1889
Lycurus Molander 1929
Stenella Gray 1870
Amphilaphis Studer & Wright 1887
Diplocalyptra Kinoshita 1908
Callirrhabdos Philippi 1894
Stachyodes Wright & Studer 1887
Rhopalonella Roule, 1908
Primnodendron Nutting 1912
Parathouarella Kükenthal, 1915

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