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. Import

Name Relationship
Apis Linnaeus 1758 Preferred
Apicula Rafinesque 1814 Synonym
Apiarus Rafinesque 1815
Megapis Ashmead 1904
Micrapis Ashmead 1904
Hauffapis Armbruster 1938
Apis (Synapis) Cockerell, 1907
Apis (Sigmatapis) Maa, 1953

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Apis Linnaeus 1758 Preferred
Apis cuenoti Theobald 1937
Apis oligocenica Meunier 1915
Synapis kaschkei Statz 1931
Apis aquisextana
Apis aquisextusensis
Apis fota Zhang 1989
Apis shandongica Zhang 1989
Hauffapis scheuthlei
Hauffapis scharmanni
Hauffapis scheeri


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