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punctatus, Platycephalus Cuvier [G.] in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829:243 [Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 4; ref. 998] Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, eastern Indian Ocean; Vanicoro, Solomon Islands, western Pacific; Madagascar, western Indian Ocean. Syntypes: MNHN 0000-6836 (1), 0000-6851 (1) Trincomalee, 0000-6852 (1) Vanicoro. Type catalog: Blanc & Hureau 1968:45-46 [ref. 20738]. Based on specimens and a drawing by Commerson (Philibert Commerson, 1727-1773, French explorer and naturalist). •Synonym of Cociella crocodila (Tilesius 1812) -- (Knapp 1986:483 [ref. 5683], Shao & Chen 1987:87 [ref. 8042]). •Valid as Cociella punctata (Cuvier 1829) -- (Knapp 1996:23 [ref. 22010], Imamura 1996:203 [ref. 22700], Myers 1999:104 [ref. 23965], Knapp 1999:2393 [ref. 24807], Knapp in Randall & Lim 2000:607 [ref. 25122], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S103 [ref. 27377], Kimura et al. in Kimura & Matsuura 2003:42 [ref. 27510], Heemstra & Heemstra 2004:149 [ref. 28072], Imamura 2009:74 [ref. 30434], Imamura & Yoshino 2009:312 [ref. 30527], Golani & Bogorodsky 2010:66 [ref. 35264], Fricke et al. 2011:381 [ref. 31242], Imamura 2011:397 [ref. 31625], Allen & Erdmann 2012:254 [ref. 31980], Kottelat 2013:317 [ref. 32989], Yoshida et al. 2013:88 [ref. 34464], Psomadakis et al. 2015:190 [ref. 34104], Fricke et al. 2018:139 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:58 [ref. 36273], Psomadakis et al. 2020:373 [ref. 37272]). Current status: Valid as Cociella punctata (Cuvier 1829). Platycephalidae. Distribution: Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, South Africa and Madagascar east to Philippines and Vanuatu, north to Taiwan, south to New Caledonia. Habitat: marine.