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.

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Melolontha melolontha (Linnaeus 1758) Preferred
Melolontha funesta Westhoff, 1884 Synonym
Melolontha ruficeps Kraatz, 1885
Melolontha obscuripes Westhoff, 1884
Melolontha melanopus Westhoff, 1884
Melolontha albida Redtenbacher, 1849
Melolontha pulcherrima Dallatorre, 1879
Melolontha redtenbacheri Dallatorre, 1912
Melolontha nigritarsis Pfanneberg, 1905
Melolontha nigra Kellner, 1876
Melolontha lugubris Mulsant, 1842
Melolontha humeralis Westhoff, 1884
Melolontha femoralis Kraatz, 1885
Melolontha discicollis Mulsant, 1842
Melolontha asiatica Brenske, 1900
Melolontha albida Mulsant, 1842
Scarabaeus vulgaris Fabricius, 1775
Scarabaeus majalis Moll, 1785
Melolontha ruficollis Mulsant, 1842
Melolontha luctuosa Westhoff, 1884
Melolontha nigropygidialis Papp, 1943
Melolontha colpopyga Petz, 1905
Melolontha amblypyga Lomnicky, 1923
Melolontha unicolor Papp, 1943
Melolontha bipunctatus Papp, 1943
Melolontha bioculatus Papp, 1943
Melolontha scapularis Westhoff, 1884
Melolontha nigromarginalis Papp, 1943
Melolontha nigroapicalis Papp, 1943
Melolontha unipunctatus Papp, 1943
Melolontha marginata Kraatz, 1888

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