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
Scaridae Preferred
Callyodontidae Synonym


Name Relationship
Scaridae Preferred
Margaritodon Smith, 1956
Erychthys Swainson, 1839
Loro Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Ypsiscarus Schultz 1958
Callyodontichthys Bleeker, 1861
Petronason Swainson, 1839
Xenoscarops Schultz, 1958
Xanothon Smith, 1956
Hemistoma Swainson, 1839
Scaridea Jenkins, 1903
Calliodon Walbaum in Artedi, 1792
Callyodon Gronow, 1763
Callyodon Scopoli, 1777
Scarops Schultz, 1958
Scarichthys Bleeker, 1859
Euscarus Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Xenoscarus Evermann & Radcliffe 1917
Calliodon Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Odax Commerson in Lacepède, 1801
Novacula Catesby, 1771
Callyodon Bloch, 1789
Mormyra Browne, 1789
Scarus Bleeker, 1847


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