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
Pelidnota punctata (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Pelidnota tarsalis Casey, 1915 Synonym
Pelidnota punctata strenua Casey, 1915
Pelidnota oblonga ponderella Casey, 1915
Pelidnota oblonga debiliceps Casey, 1915
Pelidnota oblonga Casey, 1915
Pelidnota lutea pallidipes Casey, 1915
Pelidnota lutea hudsonica Casey, 1915
Pelidnota lutea brevicollis Casey, 1915
Pelidnota punctata brevis Casey, 1915

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Pelidnota punctata (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Melolontha lutea Olivier, 1789 Junior synonym
Pelidnota brevicollis Casey, 1915
Pelidnota brevis Casey, 1915
Pelidnota debiliceps Casey, 1915
Pelidnota hudsonica Casey, 1915
Pelidnota oblonga Casey, 1915
Pelidnota pallidipes Casey, 1915
Pelidnota ponderella Casey, 1915
Pelidnota strenua Casey, 1915
Pelidnota tarsalis Casey, 1915
Pelidnota texensis Casey, 1915


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