Acanthaster planci is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from the Indian ocean (Red Sea and East Africa) to the Pacific (from mainland Japan south to Lord Howe Island, and from the west coast of Panama to the Gulf of California). This species is particularly common on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native ); oriental (Native ); ethiopian (Native ); neotropical (Native ); australian (Native ); oceanic islands (Native ); indian ocean (Native ); pacific ocean (Native )
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