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varipinnis, Scorpaenodes Smith [J. L. B.] 1957:65, Fig. 5; Pl. 3 (fig. D) [Ichthyological Bulletin, Department of Ichthyology, Rhodes University No. 4; ref. 4112] Zanzibar, Tanzania, western Indian Ocean. Holotype: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 119. Paratypes: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 364-367 (2, 4, 1, 1). •Valid as Scorpaenodes varipinnis Smith 1957 -- (Dor 1984:83 [ref. 29757], Eschmeyer 1986:473 [ref. 5652], Allen & Swainston 1988:50 [ref. 25477], Paxton et al. 1989:450 [ref. 12442], Randall et al. 1990:82 [ref. 15987], Goren & Dor 1994:22 [ref. 25356], Allen 1997:78 [ref. 23977], Kuiter 1997:88 [ref. 25488], Randall et al. 1997:82 [ref. 25919], Shinohara 1998:37 [ref. 24511], Myers 1999:98 [ref. 23965], Poss 1999:2340 [ref. 24796], Nakabo 2000:583 [ref. 25086], Poss in Randall & Lim 2000:606 [ref. 25122], Hutchins 2001:27 [ref. 25847], Nakabo 2002:583 [ref. 26001], Greenfield & Matsuura 2002:976 [ref. 26507], Allen & Adrim 2003:29 [ref. 26830], Myers & Donaldson 2003:619 [ref. 27495], Randall 2005:122 [ref. 28239], Allen et al. 2006:888 [ref. 29066], Motomura 2009:67 [ref. 30463], Fricke et al. 2011:378 [ref. 31242], Motomura et al. 2011:67 [ref. 31308], Allen & Erdmann 2012:232 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2014:52 [ref. 33932], Koeda et al. 2016:21 [ref. 35333], Fricke et al. 2018:134 [ref. 35805]). Current status: Valid as Scorpaenodes varipinnis Smith 1957. Scorpaenidae: Scorpaeninae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, Comoro Islands and Madagascar east to Guam and Vanuatu, to southern Japan, south to Western Australia, Queensland (Australia), New Caledonia and Society Islands. Former Red Sea records are now assigned to S. steinitzi Klausewitz & Frøiland 1970. Habitat: marine.