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.


Name Relationship
Aphelinidae Preferred
Metacriasinus Ghesquière 1946 Synonym
Bestiola Nikol'skaya 1963
Acanthentedon Dodd 1917
Paramyiocnema Girault 1917
Doloresia Mercet 1912
Trochentedon Dalman 1944
Uracrias Girault 1913
Metriocharis Silvestri 1914
Prospaltoides Brèthes 1914
Chlorentedon Erdös 1944
Pelorotelopsella Girault 1913
Megalentedon Dalman 1944
Nephelentedon Dalman 1944
Pleuropachys Förster 1856
Dolichentedon Dalman 1944
Dicoccophagus Sugonyaev 1994
Dimacrocerus Brèthes 1914
Aspidiotiphagus Howard 1894
Ataneostigma Girault 1914
Eriglyptus Crawford 1907
Paraspidiotiphagus Mashhood Alam 1956
Polycoccophagus Sugonyaev 1976
Aleurodiphilus DeBach & Rose 1981
Eretmocera Ashmead 1904
Indaphelinus Hayat 1990
Pseudaphelinus Brèthes 1918
Ricinusa Risbec 1951
Pleuropachus Westwood 1837
Mimatomus Cockerell 1911
Entodon Berthold in Latreille, 1827
Tranocera Walker in Curtis, 1829-30
Eretomocerus Ashmead 1904
Metacrias Meyrick 1886
Metacrias Girault 1913

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Aphelinidae Thomson, 1876 Preferred
Mesidia Forster 1856


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