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.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Gobiesocidae Preferred
Alabetidae Junior synonym
Cheilobranchinae Other, see comments


Name Relationship
Gobiesocidae Preferred
Chilobranchus Günther, 1870 Synonym
Caulistius Jordan & Evermann, 1896
Cheilobranchus Richardson, 1845
Arbaciosa Jordan & Evermann in Jordan, 1896
Rupisuga Swainson, 1839
Lepidogaster Yarrell 1841
Gouana Bonaparte, 1841
Volgiolus Whitley 1931
Bryssetaeres Jordan & Evermann in Jordan, 1896
Lepadogasterus Duméril 1806
Apepton Gistel, 1848
Cotylichthys Jordan 1919
Infratridens Schultz 1944
Bryssophilus Jordan & Evermann 1898
Leptopterygius Troschel 1860
Sicyogaster Brisout de Barneville, 1846
Rhessocephalus Agassiz 1846
Cotylis Müller & Troschel in Müller, 1843
Crepidogaster Günther, 1861
Athaena Castelnau 1861
Mirbelia Canestrini 1864
Piescephalus Rafinesque 1810
Alabis Swainson 1838
Megaphalus Rafinesque 1815
Piecephalus Swainson 1838
Alaebes Swainson 1839
Piscephalus Carus 1893
Caularchus Gill 1862
Coronichthys Herre 1942
Oliverichthus Whitley & Phillipps, 1939


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