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
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Aledon capensis Castelnau, 1861 Synonym
Aledon storeri Castelnau 1861
Cephalus brevis Shaw 1804
Cephalus ortagoriscus Risso 1827
Cephalus pallasianus Shaw 1804
Diodon carinatus Mitchill 1828
Diodon mola Pallas, 1770
Diodon nummularis Walbaum 1792
Diplanchias nasus Rafinesque 1810
Mola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766
Mola aspera Nardo 1827
Mola hispida Nardo, 1827
Mola rotunda Cuvier, 1797
Molacanthus pallasii Swainson 1839
Orthragoriscus alexandrini Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus analis Ayres, 1859
Orthragoriscus blochii Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus elegans Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider 1801
Orthragoriscus ghini Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider 1801
Orthragoriscus lunaris Gronow, 1854
Orthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Orthragoriscus redi Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus retzii Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus rondeletti Ranzani, 1839
Orthragus luna Rafinesque 1810
Ozodura orsini Ranzani 1839
Pedalion gigas Guilding, 1838
Tetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758
Trematopsis willugbei Ranzani 1839
Tympanomium planci Ranzani 1839

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Mola mola Preferred
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Pedalion gigas Guilding, 1838
Orthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Tetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758
Orthragoriscus blochii Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus retzii Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus rondeletti Ranzani, 1839
Cephalus ortagoriscus Risso 1827
Orthragoriscus elegans Ranzani, 1839
Trematopsis willugbei Ranzani 1839
Mola rotunda Cuvier, 1797
Mola hispida Nardo, 1827
Mola aspera Nardo 1827
Mola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766
Diplanchias nasus Rafinesque 1810
Molacanthus pallasii Swainson 1839
Orthragoriscus alexandrini Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus analis Ayres, 1859
Diodon nummularis Walbaum 1792
Orthragus luna Rafinesque 1810
Diodon carinatus Mitchill 1828
Orthragoriscus lunaris Gronow, 1854
Cephalus pallasianus Shaw 1804
Tympanomium planci Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus redi Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider 1801
Cephalus brevis Shaw 1804
Aledon storeri Castelnau 1861
Aledon capensis Castelnau, 1861
Ozodura orsini Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus ghini Ranzani 1839
Orthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider 1801
Diodon mola Pallas, 1770

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