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
Asterias rubens Preferred
Asteracanthion distichum Synonym
Asterias attenuata
Asterias clathrata
Asterias disticha
Asterias gigantea
Asterias pallida
Asterias stimpsoni
Asterias vulgaris
Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758 Authority

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758 Preferred
Asteracanthion distichum Brandt, 1851
Asteracanthion rubens Müller & Troschel, 1842
Asteracanthion violaceus Müller & Troschel, 1842
Asterias attenuata Bell, 1891
Asterias clathrata Pennant, 1777
Asterias disticha Sladen, 1889
Asterias fabricii Perrier, 1875
Asterias gigantea Bell, 1891
Asterias glacialis Pennant, 1777
Asterias holsatica Retzius, 1805
Asterias minuta Linnaeus, 1761
Asterias murrayi Bell, 1891
Asterias pallida Perrier, 1875
Asterias rubens violacea
Asterias spinosa Say, 1825
Asterias stimpsoni Verrill, 1866
Asterias violacea O.F. Mueller, 1788
Asterias vulgaris Verrill, 1866
Stellonia rubens Nardo, 1834
Uraster rubens Forbes, 1841
Uraster violaceus Forbes, 1841

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758 Preferred
Asterias vulgaris Verrill, 1866 Junior synonym


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