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.

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Modiolus barbatus Preferred
Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Authority

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Modiolus barbatus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Modiola mytiloides Locard, 1888 Synonym
Modiola pterota Locard, 1888
Modiola villlosa Nardo, 1847
Modiola gibbsii Leach, 1815
Mytilus barbatus Linnaeus, 1758
Mytilus ruber Linnaeus, 1758
Mytilus incurvatus Pennant, 1777
Mytilus gibbsianus Leach in Gray, 1852


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