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.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Porites Link, 1807 Preferred
Synaraea Verrill, 1864 Junior synonym

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Porites Link, 1807 Preferred
Porites toulai Vaughan, 1919 Synonym
Porites reticulosa Dana, 1846
Goniopora ramosa (Catullo 1856)
Porites andrewsi Vaughan, 1918
Porites californica Verrill, 1870
Porites howei Vaughan 1919
Goniopora clevei Vaughan, 1919

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Porites Link, 1807 Preferred
Porites convexa (Verrill, 1864)
Porites viridis Gardiner, 1898
Porites faustinoi Hoffmeister, 1925
Porites arenosa (Esper 1797)
Porites undulata (Verrill, 1864)
Porites danai Studer, 1901
Porites punctata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Porites iwayamaensis Eguchi, 1938
Porites andrewsi Vaughan, 1918
Porites eridani Umbgrove, 1940
Porites tuberculosa Lamarck 1816
Porites californica Verrill, 1868
Porites clavaria Lamarck, 1816
Porites tenuis Verrill, 1866
Porites verrillii Rehberg, 1892
Porites stilosa Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites circumvallata Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites spumosa Lamarck 1816
Porites angulata Lamarck 1816
Porites venosa Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites verrucosa Lamarck 1816
Porites meandrina Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites spongiosa Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites danae Studer, 1901
Porites (Synaraea) Verrill, 1864
Porites (Porites) Link, 1807
Porites irregularis (Quelch, 1884)
Porites conglomerata (Esper, 1797)
Porites haddoni Vaughan, 1918
Porites levis Dana, 1846
Porites capricornis Rehberg, 1892
Porites saccharata Brüggemann, 1878
Porites suppressa Crossland, 1952
Porites reticulata Dana, 1846
Porites purpurea Gardiner, 1898
Porites semilunaris Nemenzo, 1976
Porites (Napora) Quelch, 1884
Porites armata Ehrenberg, 1834
Porites pistillata (Esper, 1797)
Porites subdigitata Lamarck, 1816
Porites rugosa Veron & Fenner, 2000
Porites tuberculosa Veron, 2000
Porites polymorphus Link, 1807


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