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.

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Ophelia Savigny 1822 Preferred
Ophelia acuminata [auctt.] Synonym
Ophelia cluthensis McGuire, 1935
Ophelia remanei Augener, 1939
Ophelia aulopygos Grube, 1866
Ophelia polycheles Grube, 1866
Ophelia coarctata Milne Edwards, 1849
Ophelia contractata Milne Edwards in Quatrefages, 1866
Ophelia eruciformis Johnston, 1865
Ophelia neapolitana Quatrefages, 1866
Ophelia taurica Bobretzky, 1881
Ophelia mamillata Örsted, 1842


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