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
Balistidae Preferred
Balistopus Agassiz 1846 Synonym
Oncobalistes Fowler 1946
Hemibalistes Fraser-Brunner 1935
Nematobalistes Fraser-Brunner 1935
Verrunculus Jordan 1924
Rhinacanthus Agassiz 1846
Pachynathus Swainson 1839
Pachygnathus Agassiz 1845
Xenodon Rüppell, 1836
Chalisoma Swainson, 1839
Pyrodon Kaup 1855
Zenodon Swainson 1839
Erythrodon Rüppell, 1852
Leiurus Swainson 1839
Parabalistes Bleeker, 1865
Balistus Marion de Procé 1822
Capriscus Artedi in Röse, 1793
Capriscus Klein, 1777
Capriscus Rafinesque, 1810
Guaperva Sonnerat, 1774
Capriscus Walbaum, 1792
Liurus Agassiz 1846


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