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alfredi, Ceratoptera Krefft [J. L. G.] 1868:3, 9, Fig. [The Illustrated Sydney News v. 5 (11 July 1868); ref. 5074] Watson's Bay, at entrance to Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. Holotype (unique): AMS I.1731(stuffed and painted over). Original description reproduced in Whitley 1936:176 [ref. 6075] and with correction of type locality. Spelling of the original genus was Deratoptera, regarded as a typesetting error. It should have been Ceratoptera, Authorship has been attributed to Krefft (by Whitley 1936:176 and unquestioned), the then curator of the Museum; no author is given with the article. •Valid as Manta alfredi, but may be Manta birostris (Walbaum 1792) -- (Paxton et al. 1989:51 [ref. 12442], Compagno 1999:498 [ref. 25589]). •Synonym of Manta birostris (Donndorff 1798 [Walbaum 1792]) -- (Last & Stevens 1994:460 [ref. 23873], Allen et al. 2006:207 [ref. 29002]). •See Grove & Lavenberg 1997:130 [ref. 24023]. •Valid as Manta alfredi (Krefft 1868) -- (Marshall et al. 2009:13 [ref. 30599], Kitchen-Wheeler 2010:351 [ref. 30962], Fricke et al. 2011:348 [ref. 31242], Wirtz et al. 2013:116 [ref. 32972], Larson et al. 2013:22 [ref. 32988], Ebert et al. 2013:368 [ref. 33045], Delrieu-Trottin et al. 2015:4 [ref. 33988], Psomadakis et al. 2015:107 [ref. 34104], Weigmann 2016:145 [ref. 34211]). •Valid as Mobula alfredi (Krefft 1868) -- (White & Last 2016:742 [ref. 35016], White et al. 2017:284 [ref. 35860], Ehemann et al. 2018:27 [ref. 36194], Fricke et al. 2018:27 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:18 [ref. 36273], White & Ko'ou 2018:67 [ref. 35922]). Current status: Valid as Mobula alfredi (Krefft 1868). Mobulidae. Distribution: Eastern Atlantic; Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific: East and South Africa and Madagascar east to Hawaiian Islands and Tuamotu Archipelago, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to northern Australia. Habitat: marine.