Synonym (taxonomy)

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The science of taxonomy has a long, complicated history; this means that names of specific species have come a long way as well! Many organisms have multiple names which have been associated with them throughout time. This synonym is not interchangeable with the current taxon name, as these words are no longer accepted by the scientific community. There are countless reasons for these synonyms to arise: if an existing taxon is changed, two taxa are combined into one, a species is reassigned to a different genus, etc. We have included a list of significant synonyms for each organism for reference, but please only use the current scientific name when referring to these species.