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
Sargassum Preferred
Sargassum C. Agardh, 1820: 1 Authority


Name Relationship
Sargassum C. Agardh, 1820 Preferred
Carpacanthus KŸtzing 1843 Synonym
Acinaria Donati, 1758
Halochloa KŸtzing 1843
Sargassum taeniatum Kuntze 1880

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Name Relationship
Sargassum C. Agardh, 1820 Preferred
Carpacanthus Kützing, 1843
Halochloa Kützing, 1843
Pterocaulon Kützing, 1843
Stichophora (Endlichter) Kützing, 1845
Phyllotricha Areschoug, 1854
Acinaria Donati, 1758


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