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melanopus, Novacula Bleeker [P.] 1857:82 [Acta Societatis Regiae Scientiarum Indo-Ne√™rlandicae v. 2 (art. 7); ref. 356] Ambon Island, Molucca Islands, Indonesia. Syntypes: RMNH 6624 (2 of 3). •Valid as Hemipteronotus melanopus (Bleeker 1857) -- (Dor & Fraser-Brunner 1977:135 [ref. 21144]). •Valid as Xyrichtys melanopus (Bleeker 1857) -- (Dor 1984:210 [ref. 29757], Yamakawa in Masuda et al. 1984:211 [ref. 6441], Shen & Yeh 1987:66 [ref. 6419], Goren & Dor 1994:56 [ref. 25356], Myers 1999:195 [ref. 23965], Parenti & Randall 2000:49 [ref. 24943], Westneat in Randall & Lim 2000:630 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1012 [ref. 25182], Nakabo 2002:1012 [ref. 26193], Kuiter 2010:381 [ref. 35285]). •Valid as Iniistius melanopus (Bleeker 1857) -- (Randall et al. 2002:93 [ref. 26622], Allen & Adrim 2003:50 [ref. 26830], Myers & Donaldson 2003:635 [ref. 27495], Parenti & Randall 2011:35 [ref. 31299], Allen & Erdmann 2012:691 [ref. 31980], Golani & Fricke 2018:126 [ref. 36273]). Current status: Valid as Iniistius melanopus (Bleeker 1857). Labridae. Distribution: Red Sea, western Pacific: Indonesia east to Mariana Islands, north to the Philippines, Ryukyu Islands and Japan. Habitat: marine.