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porphyreus, Ophisurus Temminck [C. J.] & Schlegel [H.] 1846:265, Pl. 116 [Fauna Japonica Parts 10-14; ref. 4374] Japan. Holotype (unique): RMNH D1684. Type catalog: Boeseman 1947:189 [ref. 12876]. •See McCosker 1977:79 [ref. 6836]. •Valid as Mystriophis porphyreus (Temminck & Schlegel 1846) -- (Asano in Masuda et al. 1984:31 [ref. 6441], Nakabo 2000:220 [ref. 25086], Youn 2002:143, 491 [ref. 26218], Tang & Zhang 2004:21 [ref. 27889], Zhang et al. 2010:355 [ref. 31511]). •Valid as Brachysomophis porphyreus (Temminck & Schlegel 1846) -- (McCosker & Randall 2001:25 [ref. 25635], Nakabo 2002:220 [ref. 26001], McCosker & Ho 2014:95 [ref. 33573], Ho et al. 2015:167 [ref. 34130]). Current status: Valid as Brachysomophis porphyreus (Temminck & Schlegel 1846). Ophichthidae: Ophichthinae. Distribution: Western North Pacific: China to Japan, Taiwan. Habitat: marine.