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belissimus, Acentrogobius Smith [J. L. B.] 1959:202, Pl. 11 (fig. A) [Ichthyological Bulletin, Department of Ichthyology, Rhodes University No. 13; ref. 4122] Pinda, Mozambique, western Indian Ocean. Holotype: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 277. Paratypes: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 969 (1). Spelled belissimus in text, key and index but as bellissimus in plate (spelling on plate regarded as in error); first reviser not researched. •Valid as Acentrogobius belissimus Smith 1959 -- (Goren 1980:160 [ref. 38759], Dor 1984:237 [ref. 29757]). •Valid as Exyrias bellissimus (Smith 1959) -- (Yoshino in Masuda et al. 1984:250 [ref. 6441], Murdy 1985:4 [ref. 19200], Randall et al. 1990:401 [ref. 15987], Anderson et al. 1998:27 [ref. 23611], Allen 1997:220 [ref. 23977], Nakabo 2000:1211 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:69 [ref. 25191], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:411 [ref. 25191], Hutchins 2001:43 [ref. 25847], Nakabo 2002:1211 [ref. 26193]). •Valid as Exyrias belissimus (Smith 1959) -- (Goren & Dor 1994:64 [ref. 25356], Kuiter 1997:350 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:401 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:255 [ref. 23965], Larson in Randall & Lim 2000:637 [ref. 25122], Allen 2000:120 [ref. 25868], Larson & Murdy 2001:3597 [ref. 26293], Allen & Adrim 2003:58 [ref. 26830], Myers & Donaldson 2003:644 [ref. 27495], Shibukawa et al. in Kimura & Matsuura 2003:182 [ref. 27510], Randall et al. 2004:27 [ref. 27624] as Exyrius, Allen & Randall 2005:231 [ref. 28537], Randall 2005:535 [ref. 28239], Hoese & Larson 2006:1648 [ref. 29097], Larson et al. 2008:148 [ref. 29532], Shibukawa 2009:273 [ref. 30449], Allen & Erdmann 2012:968 [ref. 31980], Larson et al. 2013:197 [ref. 32988], Fricke et al. 2014:164 [ref. 33932], Koeda et al. 2016:91 [ref. 35333], Fricke et al. 2018:330 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:153 [ref. 36273], Fricke et al. 2019:283 [ref. 36673], Parenti 2021:153 [ref. 38603], Larson 2022:86 [ref. 39971]). Current status: Valid as Exyrias belissimus (Smith 1959). Gobiidae: Gobiinae. Distribution: Red Sea; Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives and Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory) east to Solomon Islands and Samoa, north to Kerama Islands (southern Japan), south to Western Australia, New Caledonia and Tonga. Habitat: marine.


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