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
Dermochelys coriacea VANDELLI 1761 Preferred
Testudo coriacea Vandelli, 1761 Synonym
Testudo coriacea — LINNAEUS 1766: 350
Testudo arcuata CATESBY 1771: 40
Testudo lyra LACÉPÈDE 1788: 111
Testudo tuberculata PENNANT 1801 (in SCHOEPFF)
Chelonia lutaria RAFINESQUE 1814
Dermochelys Blainville, 1816
Sphargis mercurialis MERREM 1820 (nom. subst. pro. T. coriacea LINNAEUS)
Dermochelis atlantica LESUEUR 1829 (nomen nudum)
Dermatochelys porcata WAGLER 1830 (nomen subst. pro. T. coriacea LINNAEUS)
Sphargis coriacea — GRAY 1831
Testudo coriacea — CUVIER 1831: 17
Sphargis Coriacea — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1835: 560
Dermatochelys coriacea — GÜNTHER 1864
Sphargis mercurialis — GRAY 1873: 172
Sphargis coriacea var. schlegelii GARMAN 1884: 303
Dermochelys coriacea — BOULENGER 1889
Sphargis angusta PHILIPPI 1899
Dermochelys schlegelii — GARMAN 1908
Dermochelys coriacea schlegeli — SHANNON 1956
Dermochelys coriacea — STEBBINS 1985: 107
Dermochelys coriacea schlegeli — STEBBINS 1985
Dermochelys coriacea — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 77
Dermochelys coriacea — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Dermochelys coriacea — LINER 1994
Dermochelys coriacea — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 229
Dermochelys coriacea — COX et al. 1998: 137
Dermochelys coriacea — COGGER 2000: 185
Dermochelys coriacea — BONIN et al 2006

South African Vertebrates

Name Relationship
Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) Preferred
Chelonia lutaria RAFINESQUE 1814
Dermatochelys coriacea GÜNTHER 1864
Dermatochelys porcata WAGLER 1830
Dermochelis atlantica LESUEUR 1829
Sphargis angusta PHILIPPI 1899
Sphargis coriacea GRAY 1831
Sphargis coriacea schlegelii Garman, 1884
Sphargis mercurialis MERREM 1820
Testudo arcuata CATESBY 1771
Testudo coriacea Vandelli, 1761
Testudo lyra LACÉPÈDE 1788
Testudo tuberculata PENNANT 1801

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Dermochelys coriacea VANDELLI 1761 Preferred
Chelonia lutaria RAFINESQUE 1814
Dermatochelys coriacea GÜNTHER 1864
Dermatochelys porcata WAGLER 1830
Dermochelis atlantica LESUEUR 1829
Sphargis angusta PHILIPPI 1899
Sphargis coriacea GRAY 1831
Sphargis coriacea schlegelii Garman, 1884
Sphargis mercurialis MERREM 1820
Testudo arcuata CATESBY 1771
Testudo coriacea Vandelli, 1761
Testudo lyra LACÉPÈDE 1788
Testudo tuberculata PENNANT 1801

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) Preferred
Dermochelys coriacea coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) Subsequent name/combination
Testudo coriacea Vandelli, 1761 Original name/combination
Dermochelys coriacea schlegelii (Garman, 1884) Junior synonym
Sphargis coriacea schlegelii Garman, 1884

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