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caeruleopunctatus, Arothron Matsuura [K.] 1994:29, Figs. 1 (top 2), 2 [Japanese Journal of Ichthyology v. 41 (no. 1); ref. 21445] Lagoon side of Bikini Island, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, western Pacific, depth 2 meters. Holotype: NSMT-P 45451. Paratypes: AMS I.34603-001 (1); NSMT-P 30925 (1). Non-types: NSMT-P 33507 (1). •Valid, or a synonym of Arothron mappa (Lesson 1831) -- (Anderson et al. 1998:29 [ref. 23611]). •Valid as Arothron caeruleopunctatus Matsuura 1994 -- (Allen 1997:246 [ref. 23977], Randall et al. 1997:540 [ref. 25919], Myers 1999:288 [ref. 23965], Fricke 1999:602 [ref. 24106], Nakabo 2000:1428 [ref. 25182], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:466 [ref. 25191], Allen 2000:124 [ref. 25868], Nakabo 2002:1428 [ref. 26193], Allen & Adrim 2003:65 [ref. 26830], Randall 2005:644 [ref. 28239], Hoese et al. 2006:1913 [ref. 29099], Fricke et al. 2009:120 [ref. 30213], Matsuura 2009:334 [ref. 31171], Allen & Erdmann 2012:1086 [ref. 31980], Fricke et al. 2014:197 [ref. 33932], Matsuura 2016:[6] [ref. 34211], Koeda et al. 2016:114 [ref. 35333], Daly et al. 2018:4 [ref. 35897], Sonoyama et al. 2020:130 [ref. 37637]). Current status: Valid as Arothron caeruleopunctatus Matsuura 1994. Tetraodontidae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: Amirantes, western Mascarenes and Maldives east to Papua New Guinea, north to central Japan, south to northern Australia and Coral Sea. Habitat: marine.