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.

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Mycobacterium Preferred
Mycobacterium Lehmann and Neumann 1896 Synonym

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Mycobacterium [chelonae] ATCC 14472 Preferred
Mycobacterium abscessus ATCC 14472
Mycobacterium runyonii ATCC 14472


Name Relationship
Mycobacterium Lehmann & Neumann, 1896 (Approved Lists, 1980) Preferred
Mycobacterium equi (Magnusson 1923) Jensen 1934
Mycobacterium coeliacum Gray and Thornton 1928
Mycobacterium sepedonicum (Spieckermann and Kotthoff 1914) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium rubropertinctum (Hefferan 1904) Ford 1927
Mycobacterium chelonei Bergey et al. 1923
Mycobacterium johnei Francis 1943
Mycobacterium muris Smith and Conant in Smith et al. 1948
Mycobacterium influenzae (Lehmann and Neumann 1896) Chester 1901
Mycobacterium limosum (Eggerth 1935) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium restrictum (Turfitt 1944) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium erythropolis Gray and Thornton 1928
Mycobacterium luteum Söhngen 1913
Mycobacterium diphtheriae (Kruse 1886) Krasil'nikov 1941
Mycobacterium rubiacearum von Faber 1912
Mycobacterium abscessus Moore and Frerichs 1953
Mycobacterium giae Darzins 1950
Mycobacterium xerosis (Lehmann and Neumann 1896) Krasil'nikov 1941
Mycobacterium xenopei Schwabacher 1959
Mycobacterium globiforme (Conn 1928) Krasil'nikov 1941
Mycobacterium balnei Linell and Norden 1952
Mycobacterium flavum (Orla-Jensen 1919) Jensen 1934
Mycobacterium tuberculosis-ovis Krasil'nikov 1941
Mycobacterium insidiosum (McCulloch 1925) Krasil'nikov 1941
Mycobacterium enteritidis Lehmann in Lehmann and Neumann 1927
Mycobacterium lymphophilum (Torrey 1916) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis Bergey et al. 1923 (Approved Lists 1980).
Mycobacterium platypoecilus Baker and Hagan 1942
Mycobacterium avidum (Eggerth 1935) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium renale (Migula 1900) Krasil'nikov 1949
Mycobacterium globerulum Gray 1928
Mycobacterium minetti Penso et al. 1952


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