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.

The Reptile Database

Name Relationship
Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 Preferred
Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 Synonym
Varanus (Varanus) komodoensis - MERTENS 1942
Varanus komodoensis — DE ROOIJ 1915: 150
Varanus komodoensis — DE LISLE 1996: 130
Varanus komodoensis — AST 2001

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 Preferred
Varanus komodoensis MERTENS 1942

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Varanus komodoensis Preferred
Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 Authority


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