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Range DescriptionIn the Indo-West Pacific, this species is found in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the southwest and northeastern Indian Ocean, the central Indo-Pacific, tropical Australia, southern Japan and the South China Sea, the oceanic West Pacific, the central Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll, the Far Eastern Pacific.
In the Eastern Tropical Pacific region, the species is present in: Mexico: Gulf of California and nearby areas, Nayarit Jalisco, Colima, Guerrero and Oaxaca (Reyes-Bonilla 2003, Reyes-Bonilla et al. 2005); Costa Rica: Santa Elena Peninsula, Islas Murcielago Archipelago, Culebra Bay, Peninsula de Osa, Cao Island, and Cocos Island (Corts and Guzmn 1998); Panama: Uva Island, Unnamed Island, Canal de Afuera Island, Restinge Island, Montuosa Island, Jicaron Island in the Gulf of Chiriqu, and Iguana Island and Las Perlas Archipelago in the Gulf of Panama (Holst and Guzmn 1993, Mat 2003, Guzmn et al. in prep.); Colombia: Malpelo Island, Gorgona Island, and Ensenada de Utra (Zapata and Vargas-ngel 2003); Ecuador: Salango Island, Los Frailes, Sucre Island and La Plata Island, and throughout the Galpagos Archipelago (except for Fernandina and the west side of Isabela) (Glynn 2003).