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melanochir, Halichoeres Fowler [H. W.] & Bean [B. A.] 1928:264, Pl. 25 [Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 100, v. 7; ref. 1475] Lampinigan Island, Philippines. Holotype: USNM 89972. Paratypes: USNM 93523-24 (1, 1). •Valid as Julichoeres melanochir (Fowler & Bean 1928) -- (Kuiter 2010:299 [ref. 35285]). •Valid as Halichoeres melanochir Fowler & Bean 1928 -- (Araga in Masuda et al. 1984:208 [ref. 6441], Allen & Swainston 1988:116 [ref. 25477], Allen 1997:188 [ref. 23977], Parenti & Randall 2000:22 [ref. 24943], Westneat in Randall & Lim 2000:628 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:994 [ref. 25182], Allen 2000:113 [ref. 25868], Shinohara et al. 2000:180 [ref. 25987], Hutchins 2001:268 [ref. 25841], Hutchins 2001:39 [ref. 25847], Nakabo 2002:994 [ref. 26193], Allen & Adrim 2003:49 [ref. 26830], Adrim et al. 2004:124 [ref. 27715], Allen et al. 2006:1392 [ref. 29095], Motomura et al. 2010:166 [ref. 31256], Allen & Erdmann 2012:677 [ref. 31980], Larson et al. 2013:166 [ref. 32988], Motomura et al. 2015:26 [ref. 34709], Koeda et al. 2016:76 [ref. 35333], Koeda et al. 2016:13 [ref. 35354], Fukui in Kimura et al. 2018:231 [ref. 36460], Fricke et al. 2019:229 [ref. 36673]). Current status: Valid as Halichoeres melanochir Fowler & Bean 1928. Labridae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean, western Pacific: Indonesia east to Philippines and New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Habitat: marine.