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.

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg 1832) Preferred
Delphinus aduncus Ehrenberg, 1832 Valid
Tursiops truncatus aduncus (Ehrenberg 1832)
Delphinus hamatus Wiegmann 1841 Heterotypic synonym
Tursiops catalania Gray, 1862
Sotalia perniger Trouessart 1898
Delphinus perniger Blyth, 1848
Tursiops nuuanu Andrews, 1911
Tursiops abusalam (Ruppell 1842)
Delphinus abusalam Ruppell, 1842
Tursio abusalam (Ruppell 1842)
Tursiops fergusoni Lydekker 1903

South African Vertebrates

Name Relationship
Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1833) Preferred
Delphinus aduncus Ehrenberg, 1833 Synonym
Tursiops nuuanu Andrews, 1911
Delphinus plumbeus Cuvier, 1829
Steno plumbeus (Cuvier, 1829)
Delphinus truncatus Montagu, 1821

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1833) Preferred
Tursiops nuuanu Andrews, 1911
Delphinus aduncus Ehrenberg, 1833

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1833) Preferred
Tursiops nuuanu Andrews, 1911 Junior synonym
Delphinus aduncus Ehrenberg, 1833 Original name/combination


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