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nigropunctatus, Tetrodon Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] 1801:507 [M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae; ref. 471] Tranquebar [Tharangambadi], India. Holotype (unique): ZMB 4283. Type catalog: Paepke 1999:149 [ref. 24282]. Originally nigro-punctatus. Original genus should have been spelled Tetraodon. •Valid as Arothron nigropunctatus (Bloch & Schneider 1801) -- (Dor 1984:284 [ref. 29757], Matsuura in Masuda et al. 1984:365 [ref. 6441], Smith & Heemstra 1986:897 [ref. 5714], Su & Tyler 1986:15, 25 [ref. 11531], Allen & Swainston 1988:154 [ref. 25477], Winterbottom et al. 1989:70 [ref. 13251], Randall et al. 1990:474 [ref. 15987], Matsuura 1994:29 [ref. 21445], Goren & Dor 1994:74 [ref. 25356], Randall 1995:402 [ref. 22896], Allen 1997:244, 246 [ref. 23977], Chen et al. 1997:185 [ref. 26476], Kuiter 1997:412 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:474 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:289 [ref. 23965], Fricke 1999:605 [ref. 24106], Johnson 1999:755 [ref. 25471], Matsuura in Randall & Lim 2000:648 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1429 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:467 [ref. 25191], Allen 2000:125 [ref. 25868], Hutchins 2001:48 [ref. 25847], Matsuura 2001:3956 [ref. 26317], Nakabo 2002:1429 [ref. 26193], Youn 2002:453, 696 [ref. 26218], Allen & Adrim 2003:65 [ref. 26830], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S124 [ref. 27377], Myers & Donaldson 2003:651 [ref. 27495], Randall et al. 2004:32 [ref. 27624], Adrim et al. 2004:127 [ref. 27715], Heemstra et al. 2004:3332 [ref. 27945], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:453 [ref. 28072], Randall 2005:646 [ref. 28239], Hoese et al. 2006:1915 [ref. 29099], Fricke et al. 2009:121 [ref. 30213], Matsuura 2009:335 [ref. 31171], McCosker & Rosenblatt 2010:195 [ref. 30957], Motomura et al. 2010:237 [ref. 31256], Motomura et al. 2010:237 [ref. 31256], Allen & Erdmann 2012:1089 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2013:273 [ref. 32706], Larson et al. 2013:236 [ref. 32988], Fricke et al. 2014:198 [ref. 33932], Matsuura 2016:[6] [ref. 34211] Koeda et al. 2016:114 [ref. 35333], Fricke et al. 2018:385 [ref. 35805], Matsuura in Kimura et al. 2018:309 [ref. 36460], Fricke et al. 2019:332 [ref. 36673], Zajonz et al. 2019:102 [ref. 36871]). Current status: Valid as Arothron nigropunctatus (Bloch & Schneider 1801). Tetraodontidae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, South Africa, Socotra, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and Mascarenes east to Line Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago, north to southern Japan and Ogasawara Islands, south to northern Australia and New Caledonia. Former Red Sea records are now assigned to A. diadematus (Rüppell 1829). Habitat: marine.