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
Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758 Preferred
Delphinus fulvofasciatus Wagner, 1846 Synonym
Delphinus janira Gray, 1846
Delphinus pomeegra Owen 1866
Delphinus vulgaris (Lacépède, 1804)

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758 Preferred
Delphinus delphis balteatus Fischer, 1881
Delphinus delphis fusus Fischer, 1881
Delphinus delphis mediterranea Nobre, 1900
Delphinus delphis moschatus Fischer, 1881
Delphinus delphis sowerbianus Fischer, 1881
Delphinus delphis variegatus Fischer, 1881


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