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japonica, Doryrhamphus melanopleura Araga [C.] & Yoshino [T.] in Masuda, Araga & Yoshino 1975:183, Pl. 25 (fig. C) [Coastal fishes of southern Japan; ref. 2902] Rocky reefs near the mouth of Tanabe Bay, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Holotype: FAKU 62218 [ex SMBL 75050]. Paratypes: FAKU 62219-20 [ex SMBL 68011-12] (1, 1), 62221-22 [ex SMBL 65030-31] (2). Correct spelling of original genus is Doryrhamphus. •Valid as Doryrhamphus japonicus Araga & Yoshino 1975 -- (Dawson 1981:10 [ref. 5511], Araga in Masuda et al. 1984:86 [ref. 6441], Dawson 1985:62 [ref. 6541], Nakabo 2000:528 [ref. 25086], Randall & Lim in Randall & Lim 2000:604 [ref. 25122], Shinohara et al. 2000:177 [ref. 25987], Nakabo 2002:528 [ref. 26001], Allen & Adrim 2003:28 [ref. 26830], Kuiter 2009:175 [ref. 30404], Motomura et al. 2010:86 [ref. 31256], Motomura et al. 2015:17 [ref. 34709], Hamilton et al. 2016:Supplement 4 [ref. 35615]). Current status: Valid as Doryrhamphus japonicus Araga & Yoshino 1975. Syngnathidae: Nerophinae. Distribution: Western Pacific: Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea northward to Japan. Habitat: marine.