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.

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Modiolus modiolus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Modiolus kurilensis F. R. Bernard, 1983 Synonym
Modiola vulgaris Fleming, 1828
Modiola gigantea Clessin, 1889
Modiola papuana Lamarck, 1801
Modiola modiolus
Modiola grandis Philippi, 1844
Musculus modulus Röding, 1798
Mytilus curtus Pennant, 1777
Mytilus curvirostrus da Costa, 1778
Volsella difficilis Kuroda & Habe 1950
Mytilus modiolus Linnaeus, 1758
Mytilus modiolus ovata Jeffreys, 1864
Mytilus umbilicatus Pennant, 1777

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Modiolus modiolus (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Modiolus kurilensis Bernard, 1983 Junior synonym


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