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
Acropora Oken, 1815 Preferred
Distichocyathus Brook 1893 Synonym
Eumadrepora Brook 1893
Heteropora Ehrenberg, 1834
Isopora Studer 1878
Lepidocyathus Brook 1893
Odontocyathus Brook, 1893
Polystachys Brook, 1893
Trachylopora Brook, 1893
Rhabdocyathus Brook, 1893
Tylopora Brook, 1893

Paleobiology Database

Name Relationship
Acropora Oken, 1815 Preferred
Acropora haimei (Milne-Edwards and Haime 1860)
Acropora corymbosa (Lamarck, 1816)
Acropora hebes (Dana 1846)
Acropora scherzeriana (Brüggemann 1877)
Acropora variabilis (Klunzinger, 1879)
Acropora pseudolavandulina Chevalier 1956
Acropora massawensis Marenzeller, 1906
Acropora eminens Marenzeller 1906
Madrepora smithi Brook 1893
Acropora splendida Nemenzo, 1967
Acropora formosa (Dana, 1846)
Acropora surculosa (Dana, 1846)
Acropora danai (Milne-Edwards and Haime, 1860)
Acropora tutuilensis Hoffmeister, 1925


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