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
Ulva Preferred
Enteromorpha Synonym
Enteromorpha Link, 1820 Authority
Ulva Linnaeus, 1753

MycoBank Classification

Name Relationship
Ulva Linnaeus Preferred
Ulva nitens C. Agardh
Ulva tessellata Hooker f. & Harvey


Name Relationship
Ulva Linnaeus, 1753 Preferred
Enteromorpha Link, 1820
Phycoseris KŸtzing 1843
Lobata V. J. Chapman 1952
Phyllona Wiggers 1780
Kallonema G. Dickie, 1871
Ulva neapolitana Bliding, 1960
Ulva lactuca perforata Rodr’guez y Femen’as 1889
Ulva stipitata linzoides L.G.Kraft, Kraft & R.F.Waller 2010


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