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japonicus, Gasterosteus Houttuyn [M.] 1782:329, Pl. 2 [Verhandelingen der Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, Haarlem v. 20 (pt 2); ref. 2220] Nagasaki, Japan. No types known. See Boeseman 1995:6 [ref. 21811]. Neotype designation by Fricke 1999:125 [ref. 24106] is invalid; see Fricke 2000:639 [ref. 24537]. •Valid as Monocentris japonica (Houttuyn 1782) -- (Dor 1984:69 [ref. 29757], Shimizu in Masuda et al. 1984:109 [ref. 6441], Yamakawa in Okamura et al. 1985:431, 651 [ref. 8056], Smith 1986:413 [ref. 5712] as japonicus, Allen & Swainston 1988:44 [ref. 25477], Paxton et al. 1989:364 [ref. 12442], Paulin et al. 1989:151 [ref. 24556], Baranes & Golani 1993:305 [ref. 22372], Kuiter 1993:71 [ref. 23929], Francis 1993:159 [ref. 25479], Goren & Dor 1994:17 [ref. 25356], Randall 1995:94 [ref. 22896], Kotlyar 1996:202 [ref. 23292], Allen 1997:70 [ref. 23977], Chen et al. 1997:31 [ref. 26476] as japonicus, Cheng & Zhou 1997:231 [ref. 26385] with year as 1872 [sic], Kuiter 1997:56 [ref. 25488], Konishi 1999:50 [ref. 24259], Paxton 1999:2214 [ref. 24788], Nakabo 2000:502 [ref. 25086], Paxton in Randall & Lim 2000:601 [ref. 25122], Hutchins 2001:25 [ref. 25847], Nakabo 2002:502 [ref. 26001], Choi et al. 2003:226, 550 [ref. 26218], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S100 [ref. 27377], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:133 [ref. 28072], Shinohara et al. 2005:421 [ref. 28370], Paxton et al. 2006:766 [ref. 28994], Fricke et al. 2009:32 [ref. 30213], Motomura et al. 2010:83 [ref. 31256], Fricke et al. 2011:372 [ref. 31242], Larson et al. 2013:71 [ref. 32988], Jawad et al. 2014:1 [ref. 33634], Duffy & Ahyong 2015:111 [ref. 36167] as japonicus, Roberts 2015:1008 [ref. 34256], Ali et al. 2018:315 [ref. 36183], Fricke et al. 2018:110 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:44 [ref. 36273], Jawad et al. 2018:102 [ref. 36262], Eagderi et al. 2019:24 [ref. 37020], Psomadakis et al. 2020:347 [ref. 37272], Sonoyama et al. 2020:34 [ref. 37637]). Current status: Valid as Monocentris japonica (Houttuyn 1782). Monocentridae. Distribution: Red Sea; Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, South Africa, Madagascar, western Mascarenes and Persian Gulf east to Philippines, north to Korea, Sea of Japan and Ogasawara Islands (Japan), south to South Australia, northern New Zealand and Kermadec Islands. Habitat: marine.