Also distributed in New Caledonia (Clark, 1954); Maldive area, Bay of Bengal , East Indies, north Australia, Philippines, China, south Japan, South Pacific Is. and Hawaiian Is. (Clark & Rowe, 1971); Australia (Rowe & Gates, 1995). Ecology: benthic, inshore, continental shelf. General distribution: tropical, east Indo-Pacific Ocean, depth range 0-60 m. (Rowe & Gates, 1995).