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sordidus, Scarus Forsskål [P. S.] 1775:30, x [Descriptiones animalium (Forsskål); ref. 1351] Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt, 27°17'23"N, 33°48'52"E, depth 0-20 feet. Neotype: USNM 202297. Neotype designated by Schultz 1969:20. Kottelat (2013) cites an inland record from the Philippines. •Valid as Scarus sordidus Forsskål 1775 -- (Randall & Bruce 1983:31 [ref. 5412], Dor 1984:217 [ref. 29757], Kishimoto in Masuda et al. 1984:219 [ref. 6441], Randall 1986:714 [ref. 5706], Choat & Randall 1986:221 [ref. 8099], Allen & Swainston 1988:124 [ref. 25477], Winterbottom et al. 1989:58 [ref. 13251], Randall et al. 1990:355 [ref. 15987], Randall & Earle 1993:292 [ref. 14908], Francis 1993:166 [ref. 25479], Goren & Dor 1994:57 [ref. 25356], Mohsin & Ambak 1996:496 [ref. 27969], Kuiter 1997:316 [ref. 25488], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:383 [ref. 25191]). •Valid as Chlorurus sordidus (Forsskål 1775) -- (Bellwood 1994:66 [ref. 19116], Randall 1995:294 [ref. 22896], Allen 1997:200 [ref. 23977], Carpenter et al. 1997:200 [ref. 23922], Randall et al. 1997:355 [ref. 25919], Anderson et al. 1998:26 [ref. 23611], Myers 1999:209 [ref. 23965], Fricke 1999:453 [ref. 24106], Randall 1999:23 [ref. 25829], Allen 2000:91 [ref. 37268], Parenti & Randall 2000:53 [ref. 24943], Bellwood in Randall & Lim 2000:630 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1018 [ref. 25182], Sadovy & Cornish 2000:219 [ref. 25480], Randall & Earle 2000:18 [ref. 25806], Allen 2000:115 [ref. 25868], Bellwood 2001:3478 [ref. 26278], Hutchins 2001:40 [ref. 25847], Nakabo 2002:1018 [ref. 26193], Kishimoto et al. 2002:4 [ref. 26569], Allen & Adrim 2003:51 [ref. 26830], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S115 [ref. 27377], Myers & Donaldson 2003:637 [ref. 27495], Shibukawa et al. in Kimura & Matsuura 2003:160 [ref. 27510], Lobel & Lobel 2004:74 [ref. 27576], Randall et al. 2004:23 [ref. 27624], Adrim et al. 2004:125 [ref. 27715], Heemstra et al. 2004:3326 [ref. 27945], Liao et al. 2004:530 [ref. 28045], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:358 [ref. 28072], Randall 2005:451 [ref. 28239], Mundy 2005:452 [ref. 28379], Allen et al. 2006:1429 [ref. 29090], Fricke et al. 2009:90 [ref. 30213], Satapoomin 2009:235 [ref. 30463], Motomura et al. 2010:176 [ref. 31256], Parenti & Randall 2011:37 [ref. 31299], Allen & Erdmann 2012:734 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2013:267 [ref. 32706], Fricke et al. 2014:141 [ref. 33932], Miesen et al. 2016:91 [ref. 34492], Fricke et al. 2018:296 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:131 [ref. 36273], Eagderi et al. 2019:99 [ref. 37020], Zajonz et al. 2019:91 [ref. 36871], Psomadakis et al. 2020:529 [ref. 37272]). Current status: Valid as Chlorurus sordidus (Forsskål 1775). Scaridae: Scarinae. Distribution: Red Sea, Indian Ocean: East Africa, South Africa, Persian Gulf, Socotra, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Bali (Indonesia). [Pacific records are probably Chlorurus spilurus (Valenciennes 1840).] Habitat: brackish, marine.