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japanica, Cephaloptera Müller [J.] & Henle [F. G. J.] 1841:185 [Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen; ref. 3069] Japan [Nagasaki, Japan]. Lectotype: RMNH D2440 (dry, young). Paralectotypes: RMNH (1, lost). Type information: Boeseman 1947:228 [ref. 12876] as japonica. Lectotype selected by Boeseman 1947:228 [ref. 12876]. The original spelling was japanica and that spelling should be maintained. •Valid as Mobula japanica (Müller & Henle 1841) -- (Eschmeyer & Herald 1983:58 [ref. 9277], Nakaya in Masuda et al. 1984:16 [ref. 6441], Notarbartolo-di-Sciara 1987:53 [ref. 9133], Paulin et al. 1989:30 [ref. 24556] as japonica, Nishida 1990:92 [ref. 19783], Last & Stevens 1994:461 [ref. 23873], Heemstra in Smith & Heemstra 1995:vi [ref. 21953], McEachran & Notarbartolo-di-Sciara in Fischer et al. 1995:761 [ref. 22829], Castro-Aguirre & Espinosa Pérez 1996:60 [ref. 22793], Chen et al. 1997:11 [ref. 26476], Grove & Lavenberg 1997:131 [ref. 24023], Morón et al. 1999:150 [ref. 24253], Compagno & Last 1999:1528 [ref. 24637], Compagno 1999:498 [ref. 25589], Nakabo 2000:186 [ref. 25086], Youn 2002:73, 486 [ref. 26218], Gadig & Gomes in Menezes et al. 2003:31 [ref. 27192], Gadig et al. 2003:869 [ref. 27134], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S94 [ref. 27377], Duffy & Abbott 2003:715 [ref. 27479], Bonfil & Abdallah 2004:56 [ref. 27735], Nelson et al. 2004:57 [ref. 27807], Mundy 2005:107 [ref. 28379], Vaske et al. 2005:77 [ref. 36155], Allen et al. 2006:208 [ref. 29002], Randall 2007:48 [ref. 30952], McCosker & Rosenblatt 2010:188 [ref. 30957], Last el al. 2010:260 [ref. 32461], Page et al. 2013:57 [ref. 32708], Ebert et al. 2013:369 [ref. 33045] as japonica, Psomadakis et al. 2015:108 [ref. 34104], Duffy 2015:203 [ref. 34217], Pinheiro et al. 2015:4 [ref. 34324], Dyldin 2015:76 [ref. 34524], Del Moral-Flores et al. 2016:137 [ref. 34398], Weigmann 2016::[146] 982 [ref. 34211], Notarbartolo-di-Sciara & Séret 2016:1437 [ref. 34552], Fourriére et al. 2016:453 [ref. 34668], Del Moral-Flores et al. 2016:606 [ref. 34923], Nión et al. 2016:24 [ref. 35565], Kells et al. 2016:86 [ref. 35888], Ebert et al. 2017:61 [ref. 35618] as japonica). •Synonym of Mobula mobular (Bonnaterre 1788) -- (White & Last 2016:746 [ref. 35016]). Current status: Synonym of Mobula mobular (Bonnaterre 1788). Mobulidae. Distribution: Circumglobal in warm seas [if valid]. Habitat: marine.