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tongaensis, Meiacanthus (Meiacanthus) Smith-Vaniz [W. F.] 1987:43, Fig. 24f [Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 139; ref. 6404] Off Nukualofa, Tonga Island, 21°14'S, 175°W, depth 1-2 meters. Holotype: BPBM 30877. Paratypes: ANSP 158098 (2); BPBM 30875 (4), 30912 (4); USNM 203765 (7). Type catalog: Springer et al. 1991:24 [ref. 18888]. •Valid as Meiacanthus tongaensis Smith-Vaniz 1987 -- (Myers 1999:218 [ref. 23965], Smith-Vaniz et al. 2001:33 [ref. 26213], Springer 2001:3545 [ref. 26290], Randall et al. 2004:25 [ref. 27624], Randall 2005:497 [ref. 28239], Patzner et al. 2009:457 [ref. 30396]). Current status: Valid as Meiacanthus tongaensis Smith-Vaniz 1987. Blenniidae: Blenniinae. Distribution: Central Pacific: Tonga. Habitat: marine.