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 rhodesiae Tsukamura et al. 1971 Accepted
Mycobacterium shimoidei Tsukamura et al. 1975
Mycobacterium aichiense Tsukamura 1973
Mycobacterium chubuense Tsukamura 1973
Mycobacterium diernhoferi Bönicke and Juhasz 1965
Mycobacterium tokaiense Tsukamura 1973
Mycobacterium agri Tsukamura 1972
Mycobacterium obuense Tsukamura and Mizuno 1971
Mycobacterium peregrinum Bojalil et al. 1962


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