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
Balaena mysticetus Preferred
Balaea mysticetus Misspelling
Balaena mysticeti
Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus, 1758 Authority

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Balaena mysticetus Linnaeus, 1758 Preferred
Balaena mysticetus antarcticus Schlegel, 1841 Synonym
Balaena mysticetus arctica Schlegel, 1841
Balaena mysticetus borealis Lesson, 1828
Balaena mysticetus groenlandica Kerr, 1792
Balaena mysticetus islandica Kerr, 1792
Balaena mysticetus major Kerr, 1792
Balaena mysticetus pitlekajensis Malm, 1883
Balaena mysticetus roysii Dall, 1874


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