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melastoma, Clupea Bloch [M. E.] & Schneider [J. G.] 1801:427 [M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae; ref. 471] Near Coromandel, Tamil Nadu, India. Holotype (unique): ZMB 3842. Type catalog: Paepke 1999:65 [ref. 24282] with locality as Indian Ocean. Declared a nomen oblitum by Whitelead 1967:11. •Synonym of Ilisha indica (Swainson 1839) -- (Kottelat 2013:49 [ref. 32989]). •Valid as Ilisha melastoma (Bloch & Schneider 1801) -- (Whitehead 1985:272 [ref. 5141], Paxton et al. 1989:155 [ref. 12442], Talwar & Jhingran 1991:121 [ref. 20764], Kottelat et al. 1993:19 [ref. 23448], Krishnan & Mishra 1993:213 [ref. 24016], Randall 1995:69 [ref. 22896], Mohsin & Ambak 1996:120 [ref. 27969] with author as Schneider, Carpenter et al. 1997:116 [ref. 23922], Munroe et al. 1999:1764 [ref. 24728], Mishra & Srinivasan 1999:236 [ref. 24754], Munroe & Nizinski in Randall & Lim 2000:587 [ref. 25122], Bijukumar & Sushama 2000:184 [ref. 25703], Zhang 2001:110 [ref. 26586] with author as Schneider, Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S96 [ref. 27377], Khan 2003:7 [ref. 27710] with author as Schneider, Mishra & Krishnan 2003:21 [ref. 27712] with author as Schneider, Adrim et al. 2004:118 [ref. 27715], Kimura 2009:24 [ref. 30426], Yoshida et al. 2013:29 [ref. 34464], Psomadakis et al. 2015:161 [ref. 34104], Ali et al. 2018:311 [ref. 36183], Kimura in Kimura et al. 2018:48 [ref. 36460]). Current status: Valid as Ilisha melastoma (Bloch & Schneider 1801). Pristigasteridae. Distribution: Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific: Pakistan east to western Indonesia and South China Sea, north to Taiwan. Habitat: brackish, marine.