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Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
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variegata, Echidna Forster [J. R.] in Richardson 1848:94, Pl. 47 [Ichthyology of the voyage of H. M. S. Erebus & Terror v. 2 (2); ref. 3740] Appeared first in 1777 in ref. 1353:181, unpublished and unavailable. Also appeared in Lichtenstein (editor) in 1844, ref. 17531, but Lichtenstein treats as synonym of "Gymnothorax echidna Bl. Schn. p. 526", so not available; from Huahina [= Huahine, Society Islands], Bola Bola [= Bora Bora, Society Islands] and Tonga-tabu [= Tongatapu, Tonga]. Appeared in Richardson as above as a name in synonymy, although Richardson credited the name to Forster; we regard Echidna variegata as unavailable, never having been published in an available way. See Muraena variegata Richardson 1848. •In the synonymy of Echidna nebulosa (Ahl 1789) -- (Böhlke & Randall 2000:217 [ref. 24493], Allen et al. 2006:245 [ref. 29005]). •Nomen nudum, not available -- (Smith 2012:55 [ref. 32155]). Nomen Nudum. Current status: Synonym of Echidna nebulosa (Ahl 1789). Muraenidae: Muraeninae.

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