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.

South African Vertebrates

Name Relationship
Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822) Preferred
Balaena antarctica Lesson, 1828 Synonym
Balaena antipodarum (Gray, 1843)
Balaena australis Desmoulins, 1822
Balaena glacialis australis Desmoulins, 1822
Eubalaena glacialis australis (Desmoulins, 1822)
Hunterus temminckii Gray, 1864

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822) Preferred
Balaena antarctica Lesson, 1828
Balaena antipodarum Gray, 1843
Hunterus temminckii Gray, 1864
Balaena australis Desmoulins, 1822
Balaena glacialis australis Desmoulins, 1822
Eubalaena glacialis australis (Desmoulins, 1822)

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822) Preferred
Balaena antarctica Lesson, 1828 Junior synonym
Balaena antipodarum Gray, 1843
Hunterus temminckii Gray, 1864
Balaena australis Desmoulins, 1822 Original name/combination
Balaena glacialis australis Desmoulins, 1822 Subsequent name/combination
Eubalaena glacialis australis (Desmoulins, 1822)

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