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
Megaptera novaeangliae (Brisson 1762) Preferred
Balaena novaeangliae Brisson 1762 Valid
Balaena longimana Rudolphi, 1832 Heterotypic synonym
Megaptera longimana (Rudolphi, 1832)
Physalus antarcticus (Temminck 1841)
Balaenoptera antarctica Temminck, 1841
Megaptera antarctica (Temminck 1841)
Megaptera nodosa (Bonnaterre, 1789)
Balaena nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789
Megaptera boops (Fabricius 1780)
Balaena boops Fabricius, 1780
Megaptera lalandii Gray, 1864
Poescopia lalandii Gray, 1866
Balaena longipinna Gray 1846 Homotypic synonym
Megaptera longipinna (Gray 1846)
Megaptera americana Gray, 1846
Megaptera kuzira Gray, 1850
Megaptera kusira (Gray 1850)
Megaptera novaezealandiae (Gray 1864)
Megaptera nodosa novaezelandiae (Gray 1864)
Megaptera novaezelandiae Gray, 1864
Balaenoptera capensis Smith 1835
Rorqualus antarcticus Cuvier 1836
Balaenoptera leucopteron Lesson, 1842
Megaptera poeskop Gray 1846
Balaena allamack Gray, 1846
Balaenoptera astrolabae Pucheran 1853
Balaenoptera syncondylus Muller 1863
Megaptera gigas Cope, 1865
Kyphobalaena keporkak Van Beneden, 1868
Megaptera bellicosa Cope, 1871
Megaptera nodosa bellicosa (Cope 1871)
Balaena atlanticus Hurdis, 1897
Megaptera burmeisteri Gray 1866
Megaptera braziliensis Cope, 1867
Megaptera indica Gervais 1883
Megaptera osphyia Cope, 1865
Megaptera nodosa osphyia (Cope 1865)
Megaptera versabilis Cope, 1869
Balaena lalandii Fischer, 1829

South African Vertebrates

Name Relationship
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Preferred
Balaena lalandii Fischer, 1829 Synonym
Balaena longimana Rudolphi, 1832
Balaena nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789
Balaena novaeangliae Borowski, 1781
Megaptera braziliensis Cope, 1867
Megaptera indica Gervais 1883
Megaptera lalandii Fischer, 1829
Megaptera longimana (Rudolphi, 1832)
Megaptera longipinna Gray, 1846
Megaptera nodosa (Bonnaterre, 1789)
Megaptera osphya Cope, 1865
Megaptera versabilis Cope, 1869

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Megaptera novaeangliae Preferred
Megaptera novaeanagliae Misspelling

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Preferred
Megaptera nodosa (Bonnaterre, 1789)
Megaptera braziliensis Cope, 1867
Megaptera indica Gervais 1883
Megaptera lalandii (Fischer, 1829)
Megaptera longimana (Rudolphi, 1832)
Megaptera longipinna Gray, 1846
Megaptera osphya Cope, 1865
Megaptera versabilis Cope, 1869
Balaena nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789
Balaena lalandii Fischer, 1829
Balaena longimana Rudolphi, 1832
Balaena novaeangliae Borowski, 1781

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Megaptera novaeangliae (Borowski, 1781) Preferred
Megaptera nodosa (Bonnaterre, 1789) Junior synonym
Megaptera braziliensis Cope, 1867
Megaptera indica Gervais 1883
Megaptera lalandii (Fischer, 1829)
Megaptera longimana (Rudolphi, 1832)
Megaptera longipinna Gray, 1846 Other, see comments
Megaptera osphya Cope, 1865
Megaptera versabilis Cope, 1869
Balaena nodosa Bonnaterre, 1789
Balaena lalandii Fischer, 1829
Balaena longimana Rudolphi, 1832
Balaena novaeangliae Borowski, 1781

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