Delphinidae — Synonyms

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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.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Delphinidae Gray, 1821 Preferred
Globicephalidae Gray, 1850 Junior synonym
Stenidae Fraser and Purves, 1960 Other, see comments
Orcinae Fraser and Purves, 1960
Lissodelphinae Fraser and Purves, 1960
Cephalorhynchinae Fraser and Purves, 1960

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Delphinidae Gray, 1821 Preferred
Eudelphinus Van Beneden and Gervais 1880 Synonym
Prodelphinus Van Beneden and Gervais 1880
Clymenia (Gray 1864)
Sphaerocephalus Gray, 1864
Globiocephalus Gray, 1846
Globiceps Flower 1883
Micropia Gray 1868
Fretidelphis Iredale & Troughton 1934
Orcadae (Gray 1870)
Ophysia (Gray 1868)
Orcadina (Gray 1868)
Gladiator (Gray 1870)
Eutropia Gray 1862
Glyphidelphis Gervais 1859
Stenopontistes Miranda-Ribeiro 1936
Grampidelphis Iredale & Troughton 1933
Grayius Scott, 1873
Tursio Wagler 1830
Leucorhamphus Lilljeborg 1861
Electra (Gray 1866)
Tucuxa (Gray 1866)
Neorca Gray 1871
Orcella Anderson 1871
Globiocephalina (Gray 1864)

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Delphinidae Gray, 1821 Preferred
Grampidelphis Iredale & Troughton 1933
Ferasa Gray, 1875
Globicephalus Lesson, 1828
Sagmatias
Prodelphinus Gervais in Van Beneden & Gervais, 1880
Orca Gray 1846
Stenonina Gray 1868
Sotaliinae Kasuya, 1973
Pseudorcaina Gray, 1871
Lissodelphinae Fraser and Purves, 1960
Lagenorhynchina Gray 1868
Globicipites Winge, 1918
Cephalorhynchinae Fraser and Purves, 1960
Cetus Wagler, 1830
Delphinapterus Gray, 1846
Eudelphinus Van Beneden and Gervais 1880
Eutropia Gray 1862
Feresia Flower 1884
Fretidelphis Iredale & Troughton 1934
Gladiator Gray 1870
Globiceps Flower, 1884
Globiocephala Gibson Hill, 1950
Globiocephalus Gray, 1846
Glyphidelphis Gervais 1859
Grampus Iredale & Troughton, 1933
Grayius Scott, 1873
Gudamu Gray 1868
Leicopleurus Tomilin, 1957
Leucopleurus Gray 1866
Leucorhamphus Lilljeborg 1861
Micropia Gray 1868
Neoorca Gray 1871
Ophysia Gray 1868
Orcella Anderson 1871
Rhinodelphis Wagner, 1846
Sphaerocephalus Gray, 1864
Stenopontistes Miranda Ribiero, 1936
Tucuxa Gray 1866
Tursio Wagler 1830
Clymene (Gray, 1864)
Electra Gray, 1866
Euphrosyne (Gray 1866)

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