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
Pocillopora Lamarck, 1816 Preferred
Pocillopora brevicornis Lamarck, 1816 Synonym
Pocillopora nobilis Verrill, 1864
Pocillopora meandrina Dana, 1846
Pocillopora hemprichi Ehremberg 1834
Pocillopora caespitosa Dana, 1846
Pocillopora favosa Ehrenberg 1834
Pocillopora bulbosa Ehrenberg, 1834

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Pocillopora Lamarck, 1816 Preferred
Pocillopora hemprichi Ehrenberg, 1834
Pocillopora favosa Ehrenberg 1834
Pocillopora eydouxi Milne Edwards, 1860
Pocillopora caespitosa Dana, 1846
Pocillopora danae Verrill, 1864
Pocillopora setchelli Hoffmeister, 1925
Pocillopora bulbosa Ehrenberg, 1834
Pocillopora cespitosa Dana, 1846
Pocillopora paucistellata Quelch, 1886
Pocillopora solanderi Defrance, 1826
Pocillopora apiculata Ehrenberg, 1834
Pocillopora subacuta Milne Edwards, 1860
Pocillopora elongata Dana, 1846
Pocillopora rugosa Gardiner, 1897
Pocillopora coronata Gardiner, 1897
Pocillopora nobilis Verill, 1864
Pocillopora fenestrata Lamarck 1816
Pocillopora symmetrica Thiel, 1932
Pocillopora andreossyi Audouin, 1826
Pocillopora effusus Veron, 2000


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!