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
Merlucciidae Gill, 1884 Preferred
Macruronidae Other, see comments

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Merlucciidae Preferred
Macruronidae Synonym


Name Relationship
Merlucciidae Gill, 1884 Preferred
Onus Rafinesque 1810
Merlucius Schinz in Cuvier, 1822
Homalopomus Girard 1856
Merglangus Fleming 1822
Huttonichthys Whitley 1937
Steindachnerella Eigenmann 1897
Epicopus Günther, 1860
Stomodon Mitchill 1814
Merlus Guichenot, 1848
Macrouronus Günther, 1873
Trachinoides Borodin 1934
Polydatus Gistel, 1848
Merlangus Rafinesque 1810
Cynogadus Howes 1991
Hydronus Minding 1832
Merlucius Gronow in Gray, 1854


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