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
Chromis Cuvier, 1814 Preferred
Heliases Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830 Junior synonym
Lepidochromis Fowler and Bean, 1928
Agripopa Whitley, 1928
Ayresia Cooper, 1863
Demoisellea Whitley, 1928
Dorychromis Fowler and Bean, 1928
Hoplochromis Fowler, 1918
Lepicephalochromis Fowler, 1943
Pycnochromis Fowler, 1941
Serrichromis Fowler, 1943
Siphonochromis Fowler, 1946
Thrissochromis Fowler, 1941


Name Relationship
Chromis Cuvier, 1814 Preferred
Chromis brasiliensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 Synonym
Chromis cyaneus (Poey, 1860)
Chromis taenia Bennett, 1831
Chromis flaviijosephi Lortet, 1883
Chromis auratus Boulenger, 1897
Chromis nuchisquamulatus Hilgendorf, 1888
Chromis desfontainei (Lacepède, 1802)
Chromis fuscomaculatus Guichenot, 1853
Chromis ogowensis Günther, 1896
Chromis humbug Whitley, 1954
Chromis simulanis Smith, 1960
Chromis cinctus (Playfair, 1868)
Chromis insolatus (Cuvier, 1830)
Chromis lineatus Cadenat, 1950
Chromis mediteranea Cloquet, 1817
Chromis insulindicus Bleeker, 1877
Chromis facetus Jenyns, 1842
Chromis madagascariensis Guichenot, 1866
Chromis andreae Günther, 1864
Chromis subocularis Günther, 1894
Chromis scotochilopterus Fowler, 1918
Chromis squamipinnis Günther, 1864
Chromis natalensis Weber, 1897
Chromis desmostigma Fowler and Bean, 1928
Chromis simulans Smith, 1960
Chromis velox Jenkins, 1901
Chromis fragoris Whitley, 1964
Chromis philippinus Fowler, 1918
Chromis elaphrus Jenkins, 1903
Chromis jallae Boulenger, 1896
Chromis cautus (Troschel, 1866)
Chromis rendalli Boulenger, 1897
Chromis latus Günther, 1862
Chromis horei Günther, 1894
Chromis discolor Günther, 1903
Chromis aureus Steindachner, 1864
Chromis xanthochir (Bleeker, 1851)
Chromis kirkii Günther, 1894
Chromis vorax Pfeffer, 1893
Chromis fraenatus Araga & Yoshino, 1975
Chromis polycentra (Duméril, 1861)
Chromis rendallii Boulenger, 1897
Chromis aurata Boulenger, 1897
Chromis xanthurus (Bleeker, 1854)
Chromis flavomaculatus Kamohara, 1960
Chromis isharae (Schmidt, 1930)
Chromis tristrami (Günther, 1860)
Chromis fumeus (Tanaka, 1917)
Chromis johnstoni Günther, 1894
Chromis faidherbii Rochebrune, 1880
Chromis marginata (Castelnau, 1855)
Chromis williamsi Günther, 1894
Chromis retrofasciatus Weber, 1913
Chromis miyakeensis Moyer & Ida, 1976
Chromis azurelineatus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Chromis humilis Steindachner, 1866
Chromis fenestrata Günther, 1860
Chromis acuticeps Steindachner, 1866
Chromis epicurorum Gronow, 1854
Chromis bitaeniatus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Chromis notatus (Temminck and Schlegel, 1843)
Chromis coeruleus (Cuvier, 1830)
Chromis multilineatus (Guichenot, 1853)
Chromis lineatus Fowler & Bean, 1928
Chromis chrysurus (Bliss, 1883)
Chromis isomelas Jordan & Seale, 1906
Chromis cupreus Fowler and Bean, 1923
Chromis sparrmanii (Smith, 1840)
Chromis monteiri (Boulenger, 1899)
Chromis reticulatus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Chromis rollandi Whitley, 1961
Chromis virescens Ogilby, 1922
Chromis lepidurus C & V
Chromis margarifer Fowler, 1946
Chromis menzalensis Mitchell, 1895
Chromis kennensis Whitley, 1964
Chromis lethrinus Günther, 1894
Chromis caeruleus (Cuvier, 1830)
Chromis ternatense (Bleeker, 1856)
Chromis zillii (Gervais, 1848)
Chromis caeruleomaculatus Rochebrune, 1880
Chromis verator Jordan & Metz, 1912
Chromis sparrmanni (Smith, 1840)
Chromis frenatus C & V
Chromis rivulata Günther, 1859
Chromis bermudae Nichols, 1920
Chromis retrofasciatas Weber, 1913
Chromis burtoni Günther, 1894
Chromis desfontainii (Lacepède, 1802)
Chromis ovatiformes Fowler, 1946
Chromis lateristriga Günther, 1864
Chromis strigigena (Pfeffer, 1893)
Chromis tholloni Sauvage, 1884
Chromis enchrysurus Jordan and Gilbert, 1882
Chromis nebulifera Günther, 1860
Chromis busumanus Günther, 1903
Chromis albomaculatus Kamohara, 1960
Chromis dumerilii Steindachner, 1864
Chromis tanganicae Günther, 1894
Chromis leucurus Gilbert, 1905
Chromis buttikoferi Hubrecht, 1881
Chromis castanea Cuvier, 1814
Chromis tetrastigma Günther, 1894
Chromis callipterus Günther, 1894
Chromis villadoldi Jordan & Tanaka, 1927
Chromis nigrurus Smith, 1960
Chromis margaritifera Fowler, 1946
Chromis guineensis Günther, 1862
Chromis bicolor (Rochebrune, 1880)
Chromis obliquidens Hilgendorf, 1888
Chromis fasciatus Perugia, 1892
Chromis caudofasciata Shen and Chen, 1978
Chromis diagramma Günther, 1894
Chromis melanopleura (Duméril, 1861)
Chromis dimidiatus (Klunzinger, 1871)
Chromis mossambicus Peters, 1852
Chromis dimidiate (Klunzinger, 1871)
Chromis xanthocira (Bleeker, 1851)
Chromis dimidata (Klunzinger, 1871)
Chromis coeruleomaculatus Rochebrune 1880
Chromis amboiensis (Bleeker, 1871)
Chromis lata Günther, 1862


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