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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], Allen 2000:89 [ref. 37268], 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], Fujiwara et al. 2020:35 [ref. 38631] as hybrid, Akaike et al. 2021:23 [ref. 38809]). Current status: Valid as Centropyge flavissima (Cuvier 1831). Pomacanthidae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean, western Pacific: Christmas and Cocos-Keeling islands east to Wake Atoll, Line Islands (Kiribati) and Marquesas Islands and Pitcairn Group, north to Ryukyu Islands and Kagoshima Prefecture (southern Japan), south to Queensland (Australia), New Caledonia, Tonga and Rapa; introduced in Hawaiian Islands. Western Pacific to Hawaii [ref. 34943]. Hybridizes with Centropyge vrolikii (Bleeker 1853). Habitat: marine.


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