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.


Name Relationship
Sargassaceae Preferred
Baccalaria S. F. Gray, 1821

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Sargassaceae Kützing, 1843 Preferred
Cystophyllum J. Agardh, 1848 Synonym
Blossevillea Decaisne 1840
Carpacanthus Kützing, 1843
Carpodesmia Greville, 1830
Halochloa Kützing, 1843
Pycnophycus Kützing, 1843
Sargassopsis Nizamuddin, Hiscock, Barratt & Ormond 1993
Sirophysalis Kützing, 1843
Stichophora (Endlichter) Kützing, 1845
Phyllotricha Areschoug, 1854
Monilifera Stackhouse, 1809
Acinaria Donati, 1758
Enchophora J.Agardh 1894


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