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
Linckia laevigata (Linnaeus, 1758) Preferred
Asterias laevigata (Linnaeus, 1758) Synonym
Linckia browni Gray, 1840
Linckia crassae Gray, 1840
Linckia hondurae Domantay and Roxas, 1938
Linckia miliaris (Muller & Troschel, 1840)
Linckia rosenbergi von Martens, 1866
Linckia suturalis von Martens, 1866
Linckia typus Nardo, 1834
Ophidiaster clathratus Grube, 1865
Ophidiaster crassa (Gray, 1840)
Ophidiaster laevigatus Müller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster miliaris Müller & Troschel, 1842
Ophidiaster propinquus Livingstone, 1932


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