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urodelus, Serranus Valenciennes [A.] (ex Forster) in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1828:306 [Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 2; ref. 997] Santa Christina Island [= Tahuata], Marquesas Islands. Holotype (unique): BMNH 1979.6.13.7. Based on a Forster painting; regarded as an available, independent description. Randall and Wheeler 1991: 762 [ref. 19601] treat as an error for "urodeta" that appeared on Forster's plate -- even if an error, Valenciennes spelled the name with an "l" in several places. •Absolute synonym of Cephalopholis urodeta (Forster 1801) -- (Paxton et al. 1989:492 [ref. 12442], see Randall & Heemstra 1991:70 [ref. 19601], Hoese et al. 2006:1006 [ref. 28999], Craig et al. 2011:60 [ref. 31786], Allen & Erdmann 2012:266 [ref. 31980], Parenti & Randall 2020:57 [ref. 37354]). Current status: Synonym of Cephalopholis urodeta (Forster 1801). Serranidae: Epinephelinae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean and West Pacific: Christmas Island east to French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island, north to southern Japan, south to Quensland, Australia. Habitat: marine.