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gigas, Malacoctenus Springer [V. G.] 1959:457, Pl. 5 (figs. 1-2) [Publications of the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Texas v. 5 (for Dec. 1958); ref. 10210] 250 yards south of the tip of Punta Cholla, 6 miles north of Punta PeƱasco, Sonora, Gulf of California, Mexico. Holotype: CAS-SU 49617. Paratypes: (846) BMNH 1957.5.1.205-236 (32); CAS 6041 (30); CAS-SU 16483, 16537, 16644-45, 16655, 17875, 19180, 20721-22, 47183-84, 49618-22, 49623 (1), 49624-31, 49643-45, 49646-47 (2), 49648 (18), 49649 (3), 49650; FMNH 61903 (48); LACM W50-192A [not 52-192A] (2), 52-51, 52-69, 52-74 (2), 53-86, 54-20 (10), 54-193 (1), 54-194 (2), 56-20 [not 54-20] (2), 56-26 [not 56-27] (1); SIO 15-283 (9) (ex UCLA W52-51), 15-2434 (9) (ex UCLA W52-69); TNHC 2973 (16); USNM 174961 (18); ZMUC P 76956 (1). Type catalog: Nielsen 1974:75 [ref. 9588], Ibarra & Stewart 1987:54 [ref. 12367], Springer & Orrell 1996:19 [ref. 22274]. Corrections to the original description are given by Springer in Copeia 1959 (no. 4):292. •Valid as Malacoctenus gigas Springer 1959 -- (Allen & Robertson 1994:230 [ref. 22193], Hastings in Fischer et al. 1995:1014 [ref. 22829], De La Cruz Agüero et al. 1997:208 [ref. 24545], Thomson et al. 2000:211 [ref. 25640], Nelson et al. 2004:163 [ref. 27807], Patzner et al. 2009:463 [ref. 30396], Page et al. 2013:169 [ref. 32708]). Current status: Valid as Malacoctenus gigas Springer 1959. Labrisomidae. Distribution: Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California. Habitat: marine.