Distribution: Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands America: from British Columbia to Chile, Alaska, and south to Argentina, Chile, and the Cape of Good Hope; SE Mexico (incl. Baja California), Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama [Villa et al.], Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)], Galapagos Islands Africa: West and East coast of Africa (Eritrea, Principé and São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea, Gabon, etc.), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Somalia, Mauritania, Cameroon, Madagascar, Gambia Asia: Japan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Korea Europe: Labrador, Iceland, the British Isles, Norway,Mediterranean Sea, Italy, Turkey, France, Portugal Australia (New South Wales, North Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, West Australia) according to the 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals: EC/WC/NE/NW/SE/SW Atlantic Ocean, E/W Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and Black Sea, EC/NE/NW/SE/SW/WC Pacific Ocean, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Liberia, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar (= Burma), Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, USA (Washington, Western Atlantic: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas), Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US), Zaire 13 finds in waters of Russia are known: in the Sea of Japan's Peter the Great Bay and the Rynda Bay, S Kuril Islands (Sea of Okhotsk) and Barents Sea (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm.).
Type locality: "Mari mediterraneo, Adriatico varius" (=Mediterranean and Adriatic seas); restricted to Palermo, Italy by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.
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