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melasmapomus, Halichoeres Randall [J. E.] 1981:421, Figs. 3-4 [Pacific Science v. 34 (no. 4) (for 1980); ref. 5542] Reef on northern side off Gannet Ridge, Pitcairn Island, depth 40-44 meters. Holotype: BPBM 16899. Paratypes: AMS I.21502-001 (1); ANSP 134490-91 (1, 9); BPBM 9101 (2), 9631 (1), 11872 (1), 12178 (1), 13671 (1), 13724 (1), 13836 (1), 14981 (1), 16702 (2), 17552 (2), 18466 (1), 19615 (1), 19627 (3), 19960 (1), 22070 (1), 22961 (2), 24112 (1); CAS 39122 (1); MNHN 1976-134 (1); USNM 219866 (1); WAM P.25233-006 (1). Type catalog: Böhlke 1984:117 [ref. 13621], Hutchins & Smith 1991:33 [ref. 19335], Moore et al. 2008:37 [ref. 30117]. •Synonym of Biochoeres xanti (Károli 1882) -- (Kuiter 2010:290 [ref. 35285]). •Valid as Halichoeres melasmapomus Randall 1981 -- (Randall et al. 1990:319 [ref. 15987], Allen 1997:190 [ref. 23977], Randall et al. 1997:319 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:198 [ref. 23965], Randall 1999:21 [ref. 25829], Allen 2000:91 [ref. 37268], Parenti & Randall 2000:22 [ref. 24943], Westneat in Randall & Lim 2000:628 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:993 [ref. 25182], Randall & Earle 2000:17 [ref. 25806], Hutchins 2001:268 [ref. 25841], Hutchins 2001:39 [ref. 25847], Westneat 2001:3401 [ref. 26277] dated 1980, Nakabo 2002:993 [ref. 26193], Allen & Adrim 2003:49 [ref. 26830] dated 1980, Myers & Donaldson 2003:635 [ref. 27495] dated 1980, Randall et al. 2004:22 [ref. 27624], Randall 2005:414 [ref. 28239], Barber & Bellwood 2005:249 [ref. 35318], Allen et al. 2006:1392 [ref. 29095], Allen & Erdmann 2012:678 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2014:132 [ref. 33932], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:7 [ref. 33988] dated 1980, Fricke et al. 2019:230 [ref. 36673]). Current status: Valid as Halichoeres melasmapomus Randall 1981. Labridae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean, western and central Pacific: Christmas and Cocos-Keeling islands and Indonesia east to French Polynesia and Pitcairn Island, north to Philippines, south to Australia. Habitat: marine.