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
Muraenidae Preferred
Heteromyridae Junior synonym


Name Relationship
Muraenidae Preferred
Muraenophis Lacepède 1803 Synonym
Thyrsoidea Kaup 1856
Murenophis Cuvier, 1797
Ichthyophis Lesson 1828
Fimbrinares Whitley 1948
Neomuraena Girard 1858
Arndha Deraniyagala 1931
Enchelycotte Kaup in Duméril, 1856
Eurymyctera Kaup 1856
Notorabula Whitley 1934
Nettastomops Steindachner 1906
Polyuranodon Kaup 1856
Gymnomyraena Agassiz 1846
Chasmenchelys Fowler 1944
Limomuraena Kaup 1856
Limmamuraena Kaup in Duméril, 1856
Rhinechidna Barbour 1908
Priodonophis Kaup, 1859
Evenchelys Jordan & Evermann 1902
Limamuraena Kaup 1856
Ahynnodontophis Fowler 1912
Thaerodontis McClelland, 1844
Muraenoblenna Kaup, 1856
Channo-muraena Richardson 1844
Myraenophis Agassiz 1846
Verdithorax Whitley 1931
Gymnomurena Rafinesque 1815
Serranguilla Whitley & Phillipps 1939
Sidera Weber & Beaufort 1911
Rabula Jordan and Davis, 1891
Aemasia Jordan & Snyder 1901
Poecilophis Kaup 1856
Megaderus Rafinesque 1815
Taeniophis Kaup, 1859
Gymnopsis Rafinesque 1815
Siderea Kaup 1856
Chamomuraena Kaup in Duméril, 1856
Heteromyrus Pietschmann 1935
Muroena Cuvier, 1798
Scutica Jordan & Evermann 1896
Murena Scopoli 1786
Leihala Jordan 1925
Pseudomuraena Johnson 1862
Rhabdura Ogilby 1907
Molarii Richardson, 1848
Lycodontis Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Sidera Kaup in Duméril, 1856


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