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
Neophocaena phocaenoides (Cuvier 1829) Preferred
Neomeris phocaenoides (Cuvier 1829) Valid
Delphinus phocaenoides Cuvier, 1829
Delphinus melas Temminck, 1841 Heterotypic synonym
Neophocaena phocaenoides sunameri Piller and Gihr 1975
Neophocaena sunameri (Piller and Gihr 1975)

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Neophocaena phocaenoides Preferred
Neophocaena phocaenoides (G. Cuvier, 1829) Authority
Neophocaena phocanoides Synonym
Neophocoena phocaenoides Misspelling

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Neophocaena phocaenoides (G. Cuvier, 1829) Preferred
Delphinus phocaenoides G. Cuvier, 1829

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Neophocaena phocaenoides (G. Cuvier, 1829) Preferred
Delphinus phocaenoides G. Cuvier, 1829 Original name/combination

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