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
Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833 Preferred
Alepidosaurus aesculapius Bean, 1883 Synonym
Alepidosaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Alepidosaurus poeyi Gill, 1863
Alepidosaurus serra Gill, 1862
Alepisaurus altivelis Poey, 1860
Alepisaurus azureus Valenciennes, 1850
Alepisaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Alepisaurus richardsonii Bleeker, 1855
Plagyodus aesculapius (Bean, 1883)
Plagyodus borealis (Gill, 1862)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833 Preferred
Plagyodus aesculapius (Bean, 1883)
Alepisaurus altivelis Poey, 1860
Alepidosaurus serra Gill, 1862
Alepisaurus azureus Valenciennes, 1850
Alepisaurus richardsonii Bleeker, 1855
Plagyodus borealis (Gill, 1862)
Alepidosaurus poeyi Gill, 1863
Alepisaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Alepidosaurus borealis Gill, 1862
Alepidosaurus aesculapius Bean, 1883

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833 Preferred
Alepisaurus richardsonii Bleeker, 1855 Junior synonym
Alepisaurus aesculapius Bean in Jordan and Gilbert, 1883
Alepisaurus altivelis Poey, 1860
Alepisaurus borealis (Gill, 1862)

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Alepisaurus ferox Preferred
Alepisaurus ferox Lowe, 1833

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