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. Import

Name Relationship
Dosidicus gigas (D'Orbigny, 1835) Preferred
Dosidicus eschrichti Steenstrup, 1857 Synonym
Dosidicus steenstrupi Pfeffer, 1884
Ommastrephes giganteus Gray, 1849
Ommastrephes gigas Orbigny, 1835

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Dosidicus gigas Preferred
Dosidicus gigas (Orbigny, 1835)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Dosidicus gigas (d’Orbigny, 1835) Preferred
Ommastrephes gigas d’Orbigny, 1835

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Dosidicus gigas (D'Orbigny, 1835 in 1834-1847) Preferred
Ommastrephes gigas D'Orbigny, 1835 in 1834-1847 Original name/combination
Dosidicus eschrichtii Steenstrup, 1857 Junior synonym
Ommastrephes giganteus D'Orbigny, 1839-1842 in Férussac and D'Orbigny, 1834-1848
Dosidicus steenstrupii Pfeffer, 1884
Sepia nigra Bosc, 1802
Sepia tunicata Molina, 1782

IUCN Red List

Name Relationship
Dosidicus gigas (D'Orbigny, 1835) Preferred
Ommastrephes gigas D'Orbigny, 1835


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