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Range DescriptionThis species has a wide, but poorly defined, range (White et al. 2006).
Western Indian Ocean: South Africa (Last and Compagno 1999), Suez, Egypt (R. Bonfil pers. comm.). Eastern Indian Ocean: Andaman Sea (Kuiter and Debelius 1994), Maldives (Anderson and Hafiz 1997), Myanmar.
Northwest Pacific: Ryukyu Islands (Yoshigou and Yoshino 1999). Western central Pacific: South China Sea and Sulu Sea off Sabah (Fowler et al. 1999), Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and north to Myanmar, northern tropical Australia including the Java Sea, down to New South Wales (Last and Stevens 1994, Whittington and Last 1994), Caroline Islands (Homma et al. 1994), Orangere Bay, Papua New Guinea (P. Kailola pers. Comm.), Eiao, Marquesas Islands (J. Randall pers. Comm.), and Apia, Samoa (Jordan and Seale 1906, Manjaji 2004), Philippines, Micronesia.
Large aggregations occasionally occur on atolls of the Great Barrier Reef and throughout the Caroline Islands (Last and Stevens 1994).
FAO Fishing Area: 51, 57, 61, 71.