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crocodilus, Platycephalus Cuvier [G.] (ex Tilesius) in Cuvier & Valenciennes 1829:256 [Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 4; ref. 998] No locality stated [Nagasaki, Japan]. No types preserved. First available usage of the name Platycephalus crocodilus Tilesius 1814, which was given in cyrillic letters only and not available -- (Imamura & Yoshino 2009:310 [ref. 30527] as crocodila). The specific name is apparently a noun, so the correct name is Cociella crocodilus. Platycephalus crocodilus Cuvier 1829 and Platycephalus guttatus Cuvier 1829 are regarded as synonyms and both appeared in the same paper; Imamura & Yoshino 2009:310 [ref. 30527] acted as first revisers to establish precedence of Platycephalus crocodilus Cuvier 1829. •Valid as Cociella crocodilus (Cuvier 1829) [sometimes with author as Tilesius 1812, and often as crocodila] -- (Kyushin et al. 1982:276 [ref. 19754], Dor 1984:89 [ref. 29757], Ochiai in Masuda et al. 1984:322 [ref. 6441], Knapp 1986:483 [ref. 5683], Shao & Chen 1987:87 [ref. 8042], Lindberg & Krasyukova 1987:153 [ref. 15964], Kawanabe & Mizuno 1989:653 [ref. 25598], Kottelat et al. 1993:103 [ref. 23448], Baranes & Golani 1993:305 [ref. 22372], Goren & Dor 1994:23 [ref. 25356], Randall 1995:116 [ref. 22896], Knapp 1996:21 [ref. 22010], Imamura 1996:203 [ref. 22700], Cheng & Zhou 1997:432 [ref. 26385], Imamura & Ishito 1997:5 [ref. 24379], Lee & Joo 1998:221 [ref. 25739], Fricke 1999:170 [ref. 24106], Nakabo 2000:617 [ref. 25086], Knapp in Randall & Lim 2000:607 [ref. 25122] as crocodilus, Sakai et al. 2001:92 [ref. 25693], Wang et al. 2001:298 [ref. 26566] as crocodilus, Nakabo 2002:617 [ref. 26001], Choi et al. 2003:257, 569 [ref. 26218], Fricke et al. 2009:42 [ref. 30213] as crocodila, Imamura & Yoshino 2009:310 [ref. 30527] as crocodila, Imamura & Nagao 2011:167 [ref. 31272], Imamura 2011:393 [ref. 31625] as crocodila, Kottelat 2013:317 [ref. 32989], Golani & Fricke 2018:58 [ref. 36273] as crocodila, Suresh et al. 2018:176 [ref. 36495], Eagderi et al. 2019:125 [ref. 37020], Sonoyama et al. 2020:49 [ref. 37637] as crocodila). Current status: Valid as Cociella crocodilus (Cuvier 1829). Platycephalidae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa, South Africa and Persian Gulf east to Solomon Islands, north to southern Sea of Japan, south to New Caledonia. Habitat: brackish, marine.