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)


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