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Range DescriptionThis species is known from the west central Atlantic (Holthuis 1991) and is found along the west coast of Florida, around St. Petersburg (Sims Jr. 1966). This species is also reported from Brazilian waters (Tavares 1997). There is some debate into whether this species is present in Brazilian waters. Taveres (1997) states that this species has been recorded from Paraiba, Pernambuco and Sao Paulo on the Brazilian coast; and that the exisiting depth data for these specimens of S. americanus and S. chacei are in agreement with Holthuis (1960) statement that S. chacei is found at greater depths than S. americanus (Tavares 1997). Additionally, Tavares (1997) lists the original description of S. americanus distribution, by Holthuis 1960 "is known to inhabit the Atlantic coast of the U.S.A. from North Carolina to Florida, and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, including Cuba". Manzanilla-Dominguez and Gasca (2004) states this species distribution as the tropical northwestern Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and the western Caribbean waters.