Scientists aim to describe a single 'tree of life' that reflects the evolutionary relationships of living things. However, evolutionary relationships are a matter of ongoing discovery, and there are different opinions about how living things should be grouped and named. EOL reflects these differences by supporting several different scientific 'classifications'. Some species have been named more than once. Such duplicates are listed under synonyms. EOL also provides support for common names which may vary across regions as well as languages.

Preferred marks the preferred classification for this taxon.

Recognized By Rank Classification
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013
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Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
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EOL Group on Flickr
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Femorale resource Species
Global Biotic Interactions Species Import
DiscoverLife map resource
  • Erato voluta
Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel Species
OBIS Environmental Information
  • Erato voluta (Montagu, 1803)
OBIS depth range resource
BioImages resource
World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)
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Wikimedia Commons


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