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bursa, Balistes Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] (ex Sonnerat & Bonnaterre) 1801:476 [M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae; ref. 471] In mare indicum [Mauritius, Mascarenes, southwestern Indian Ocean]. Holotype (unique): MNHN B-3050. Type catalog: Paepke 1999:48 [ref. 24282] with AMB 5914 (left skin) as holotype, Beaunier et al. 2009:287 [ref. 28887]. Based on the 'Baliste bourse' of Sonnerat 1774:222 (Journal de Physique, v. 3 [not seen]); also replacement name for Balistes communis Bonnaterre 1788. •Doubtful as Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider 1801) -- (Dor 1984:278 [ref. 29757]). •Valid as Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider 1801) -- (Matsuura in Masuda et al. 1984:358 [ref. 6441], Smith & Heemstra 1986:881 [ref. 5714], Allen & Swainston 1988:150 [ref. 25477], Winterbottom et al. 1989:69 [ref. 13251], Randall et al. 1990:457 [ref. 15987], Kuiter 1993:395 [ref. 23929], Allen 1997:238 [ref. 23977], Kuiter 1997:388 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:457 [ref. 25919], Randall & Mundy 1998:332 [ref. 24063], Myers 1999:283 [ref. 23965], Fricke 1999:586 [ref. 24106], Randall 1999:30 [ref. 25829], Matsuura in Randall & Lim 2000:647 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1399 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:457 [ref. 25191], Randall & Earle 2000:22 [ref. 25806], Allen 2000:124 [ref. 25868], Hutchins 2001:47 [ref. 25847], Matsuura 2001:3926 [ref. 26315], Nakabo 2002:1399 [ref. 26193], Allen & Adrim 2003:64 [ref. 26830], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S123 [ref. 27377], Myers & Donaldson 2003:649 [ref. 27495], Lobel & Lobel 2004:78 [ref. 27576], Randall et al. 2004:32 [ref. 27624], Heemstra et al. 2004:3331 [ref. 27945], Randall 2005:627 [ref. 28239], Mundy 2005:525 [ref. 28379], Allen et al. 2006:1875 [ref. 29098], Randall 2007:472 [ref. 30952], Fricke et al. 2009:117 [ref. 30213], Motomura et al. 2010:234 [ref. 31256], Allen & Erdmann 2012:1066 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2013:272 [ref. 32706], Matsuura 2014:7 [ref. 33576], Fricke et al. 2014:194 [ref. 33932], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:8 [ref. 33988], Koeda et al. 2016:112 [ref. 35333], Koeda et al. 2016:18 [ref. 35354], Fricke et al. 2018:379 [ref. 35805], Fricke et al. 2019:325 [ref. 36673]). Current status: Valid as Sufflamen bursa (Bloch & Schneider 1801). Balistidae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, South Africa, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Hawaiian Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to southern Japan and Ogasawara Islands, south to Australia, New Caledonia and Rapa. Habitat: marine.