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Range DescriptionHaploblepharus kistnasamyi occurs in the western Indian Ocean. It is a rare South African endemic with a very restricted range; adults are known only from northern KwaZulu-Natal. The species' extent of occurrence is estimated at less than 100 kmÂ².
Individuals tentatively assigned as the juveniles of H. kistnasamyi occur in the Eastern Cape to west of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, (inshore, usually close to the coastline) (Human and Compagno 2006, Human 2006). These juvenile records require verification and therefore they have been excluded from this assessment.
Specimens have not been obtained from elsewhere, despite trawl surveys conducted between the Western and Eastern Capes (Wallace et al. 1984, Buxton et al. 1984).