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stellaris, Balistes Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] 1801:476 [M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae; ref. 471] Indian Ocean. No types known. Type catalog: Beaunier et al. 2009:298 [ref. 28887]. Based on Le Baliste étoilé of Lacepède 1798. Author may be Lacepède [Anonymous], as used by Harmelin-Vivien & Quéro 1990:1055 [ref. 19527] and Matsuura & Yoshino 2004:189 [ref. 27771] and others. •Synonym of Abalistes stellatus (Anonymous 1798) -- (Dor 1984:274 [ref. 29757], Harmelin-Vivien & Quéro 1990:1055 [ref. 19527], Carpenter et al. 1997:235 [ref. 23922]). •Valid as Abalistes stellaris (Bloch & Schneider 1801) -- (Kyushin et al. 1977:344 [ref. 19756], Matsuura in Masuda et al. 1984:358 [ref. 6441], Matsuura in Okamura et al. 1985:627, 743 [ref. 8056], Winterbottom et al. 1989:67 [ref. 13251], Lindberg et al. 1997:57 [ref. 23547], Matsuura in Randall & Lim 2000:647 [ref. 25122], Nakabo 2000:1397 [ref. 25182], Hutchins 2001:47 [ref. 25847], Matsuura 2001:3918 [ref. 26315], Nakabo 2002:1397 [ref. 26193], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S123 [ref. 27377], Adrim et al. 2004:127 [ref. 27715], Matsuura 2009:325 [ref. 31171] with author as Anonymous 1798, Bogorodsky et al. 2014:433 [ref. 33460] with author as Anonymous, Matsuura 2014:7 [ref. 33576] with author as Anonymous, Ali et al. 2018:346 [ref. 36183], Fricke et al. 2018:376 [ref. 35805], Suresh et al. 2018:326 [ref. 36495]). Current status: Valid as Abalistes stellaris (Bloch & Schneider 1801). Balistidae. Distribution: Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific: East and South Africa, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and western Mascarenes east to Palau, Fiji and Tonga, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales (Australia); also eastern tropical Atlantic. Habitat: marine.