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This species was referred to as Symphysanodon ZBK sp. B by Anderson (1967). Symphysanodon octoactinus ZBK , described originally from 19 specimens (58-108 mm SL), collected in the western Atlantic off the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, and Panama in 156-293 m, was caught on one occasion with S. berryi ZBK off Grand Bahama Island (Anderson, 1970). We have examined five additional specimens (60-115 mm SL), collected in 183-640 (585-640) m; they are from Caribbean coast of Mexico, off Quintana Roo (UF 232079; 68 mm SL); off Belize (FMNH 70762; 2: 98-115 mm SL); off Caribbean coast of Nicaragua (FMNH 70763; 2: 60-66 mm SL). Claro et al. (2000) reported this species from off the southern coast of Cuba, based on observations and collections of specimens from the submersible Johnson Sea Link II in December 1997, and Claro et al. (2001) noted its presence off southern Cuba. Locality data for S. octoactinus ZBK are plotted in Figure 4.