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cosmetus, Halichoeres Randall [J. E.] & Smith [M. M.] 1982:(3) 15, Pls. 6 (fig. C), 7 (figs. A-B) [Ichthyological Bulletin of the J. L. B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology No. 45; ref. 9112] Reef front, northeastern side of Villingili Island, north Male Atoll, Maldives [Indian Ocean], depth 2-20 meters. Holotype: BPBM 18925. Paratypes: ANSP (6 lots, 14); BMNH (1 lot, 2); BPBM 16325 (1), 16398 (1), 17621 (1), 21625 (2), 22910-12 (1, 2, 1), 22947 (3); CAS 33414 (2), 39128 (2); MNHN 1980-1304 (3); ROM (4 lots, 6); SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 973 (1); USNM 221540 (2). Type catalog: Böhlke 1984:117 [ref. 13621]. •Valid as Biochoeres cosmetus (Randall & Smith 1982) -- (Kuiter 2010:289 [ref. 35285]). •Valid as Halichoeres cosmetus Randall & Smith 1982 -- (Randall 1986:694 [ref. 5706], Winterbottom et al. 1989:53 [ref. 13251], Randall 1999:299 [ref. 24158], Fricke 1999:412 [ref. 24106], Parenti & Randall 2000:20 [ref. 24943], Allen & Adrim 2003:49 [ref. 26830], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S114 [ref. 27377], Heemstra et al. 2004:3325 [ref. 27945], Randall & Rocha 2009:717 [ref. 30520], Fricke et al. 2009:85 [ref. 30213], Allen & Erdmann 2012:672 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2013:266 [ref. 32706], Fricke et al. 2018:283 [ref. 35805], Zajonz et al. 2019:89 [ref. 36871]). Current status: Valid as Halichoeres cosmetus Randall & Smith 1982. Labridae. Distribution: Indian Ocean: East Africa, South Africa, Socotra, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Thailand and western Indonesia. Habitat: marine.