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flavissimus, Holacanthus Cuvier [G.] in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1831:197 [Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 7; ref. 4881] Uléa, Caroline Islands, western Pacific. No types preserved. Type catalog: Bauchot 1963:142 [ref. 20718]. Based on a drawing by Mertens (Franz Karl Mertens, 1764-1831, German botanist). Evidently flavissima is correct as an adjective when in Centropyge. •Valid as Centropyge flavissimus (Cuvier 1831) -- (Allen 1980:249 [ref. 22764], Araga in Masuda et al. 1984:188 [ref. 6441], Randall et al. 1990:238 [ref. 15987], Allen 1997:158 [ref. 23977], Kuiter 1997:230 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:238 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:170 [ref. 23965], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:307 [ref. 25191], Kuiter & Debelius 2001:37 [ref. 26232], Allen & Adrim 2002:42 [ref. 26830]). •Valid as Centropyge flavissima (Cuvier 1831) -- (Randall 1999:18 [ref. 25829], Randall & Earle 2000:16 [ref. 25806], Nakabo 2000:903 [ref. 25182], Pyle 2001:3275 [ref. 26118], Nakabo 2002:903 [ref. 26193], Myers & Donaldson 2003:630 [ref. 27495], Lobel & Lobel 2004:72 [ref. 27576], Randall et al. 2004:19 [ref. 27624], Randall 2005:334 [ref. 28239], Mundy 2005:404 [ref. 28379], Allen et al. 2006:1304 [ref. 29090], Allen & Erdmann 2012:547 [ref. 31980], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:7 [ref. 33988], Shen et al. 2016:1 [ref. 34943], DiBattista et al. 2016:647 [ref. 35346]). Current status: Valid as Centropyge flavissima (Cuvier 1831). Pomacanthidae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean, western Pacific: Cocos-Keeling Islands east to Wake Atoll, Line Islands (Kiribati) and Marquesas Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to Queensland (Australia), New Caledonia, Tonga and Rapa; introduced in Hawaiian Islands. Western Pacific to Hawaii [ref. 34943]. Habitat: marine.