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.

FishBase

Name Relationship
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824) Preferred
Carcharhinus melanoptures (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824) Synonym
Carcharias commersoni (Blainville, 1816) Ambiguous synonym
Carcharias elegans Ehrenberg, 1871
Carcharias marianensis Engelhardt, 1912
Carcharias melanopterus Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Carcharias playfairii Günther, 1870
Carcharinus melanoptera (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Carcharinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Hypoprion playfairi (Günther, 1870)
Mapolamia spallanzanii (non Peron & Lesueur, 1822) Misapplied name
Squalus carcharias minor Forsskål, 1775
Squalus commersonii Blainville, 1816
Squalus ustus Duméril, 1824

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Carcharhinus melanopterus Preferred
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824) Preferred
Carcharinus melanopterus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Carcharhinus melanoptures (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Carcharias commersoni (Blainville, 1816)
Carcharias elegans Ehrenberg, 1871
Carcharias marianensis Engelhardt, 1912
Carcharias melanopterus Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Carcharinus melanoptera (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
Squalus commersonii Blainville, 1816
Hypoprion playfairi (Günther, 1870)
Mapolamia spallanzanii (non Peron & Lesueur, 1822)
Squalus carcharias minor Forsskål, 1775
Squalus ustus Duméril, 1824
Carcharias playfairii Günther, 1870

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Carcharhinus melanopterus (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824) Preferred
Carcharias elegans Ehrenberg in Klunzinger, 1871 Junior synonym
Carcharias marianensis Engelhardt, 1912
Carcharias melanopterus Quoy and Gaimard, 1824 Original name/combination
Carcharias playfairii Günther, 1870
Hypoprion playfairi (Günther, 1870)

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