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varius, Gomphosus Lacepède [B. G. E.] (ex Commerson) 1801:100, 104, Pl. 5 (fig. 2) [Histoire naturelle des poissons (Lacepède) v. 3; ref. 2710] Îsle de Taïti [Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia, South Pacific]. Syntypes: MNHN A-8240 (2, dry, poor condition), A-8241 (1, dry). Type catalog: Bauchot 1963:43-44 [ref. 19171]. Based on 'Elops rubro, cæruleo et flavo variegatus' in description and illustration in manuscript by Commerson (Philibert Commerson, 1727-1773, French explorer and naturalist). Also appeared in Sonnini 1803:108, 113 (vol. 8) [ref. 30473]. Hybrids between Gomphosus varius and Thalassoma duperrey are reported by Randall & Allen 2004:136 [ref. 27827]. •Valid as Gomphosus varius Lacepède 1801 -- (Araga in Masuda et al. 1984:205 [ref. 6441], Allen & Swainston 1988:116 [ref. 25477], Randall et al. 1990:316 [ref. 15987], Francis 1993:165 [ref. 25479], Randall 1995:277 [ref. 22896], Mohsin & Ambak 1996:481 [ref. 27969], Allen 1997:188 [ref. 23977], Chen et al. 1997:134 [ref. 26476] dated 1802, Kuiter 1997:300 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:316 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:197 [ref. 23965], Randall 1999:21 [ref. 25829], Parenti & Randall 2000:18 [ref. 24943], Westneat in Randall & Lim 2000:628 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:978 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:358 [ref. 25191], Sadovy & Cornish 2000:205 [ref. 25480], Randall & Earle 2000:17 [ref. 25806], Allen 2000:112 [ref. 25868], Hutchins 2001:268 [ref. 25841], Hutchins 2001:39 [ref. 25847], Westneat 2001:3432 [ref. 26277], Nakabo 2002:978 [ref. 26193], Allen & Adrim 2003:49 [ref. 26830], Bernardi et al. 2004:371 [ref. 27454], Myers & Donaldson 2003:635 [ref. 27495], Shibukawa et al. in Kimura & Matsuura 2003:148 [ref. 27510], Lobel & Lobel 2004:74 [ref. 27576], Randall et al. 2004:22 [ref. 27624], Adrim et al. 2004:124 [ref. 27715], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:344 [ref. 28072], Randall 2005:410 [ref. 28239], Mundy 2005:438 [ref. 28379], Allen et al. 2006:1389 [ref. 29095], Randall 2007:336 [ref. 30952], Motomura et al. 2010:165 [ref. 31256], Kuiter 2010:208 [ref. 35285], Allen & Erdmann 2012:667 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2014:130 [ref. 33932], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:7 [ref. 33988], Koeda et al. 2016:13 [ref. 35354], Fukui in Kimura et al. 2018:230 [ref. 36460], Fricke et al. 2019:227 [ref. 36673], Hoschke et al. 2019:158 [ref. 36626], Zajonz et al. 2019:106 [ref. 36871] as cf. varius). Current status: Valid as Gomphosus varius Lacepède 1801. Labridae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean, western and central Pacific: Indonesia east to Hawaiian Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to southern Japan and Ogasawara Islands, south to Rottnest Island (Western Australia), Queensland (Australia), Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Tonga and Rapa. Habitat: marine.