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
Rhinecanthus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Balistapus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Synonym
Balistes echarpe Anonymous 1798 Ambiguous synonym
Balistes rectangulus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Rhinecanthus echarpe (Anonymous, 1798)
Rhinecanthus rectangulatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Rhinecanthus retangulus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Rhinecanthus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Rhinecanthus rectangulatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Balistes rectangulus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Balistes echarpe Anonymous 1798
Balistapus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Rhinecanthus echarpe (Anonymous, 1798)
Rhinecanthus retangulus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Rhinecanthus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Preferred
Balistes rectangulus Bloch and Schneider, 1801 Original name/combination
Balistapus rectangulus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801) Subsequent name/combination

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