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mossambicus, Gnathodentex Smith [J. L. B.] 1957:122, Pl. 1 [Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 12) v. 10 (no. 110); ref. 12173] Pinda reef, 14°10'S, Mozambique, western Indian Ocean, depth 70 fathoms. Holotype: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] 439. Paratypes: SAIAB [formerly RUSI] (2) not researched. •Valid as Gnathodentex mossambicus Smith 1957 -- (Kyushin et al. 1977:128 [ref. 19756], Kyushin et al. 1982:120 [ref. 19754]). •Valid as Wattsia mossambica (Smith 1957) -- (Sato in Masuda et al. 1984:179 [ref. 6441], Smith 1986:599 [ref. 5712], Sato 1986:604 [ref. 5152], Allen in Carpenter & Allen 1989:93 [ref. 13577], Kramer et al. 1994:75 [ref. 21258], Mohsin & Ambak 1996:335 [ref. 27969], Randall et al. 1997:517 [ref. 25919], Nakabo 2000:860 [ref. 25086], Carpenter in Randall & Lim 2000:620 [ref. 25122], Laboute & Grandperrin 2000:494 [ref. 25191], Hutchins 2001:35 [ref. 25847], Carpenter 2001:3050 [ref. 26105], Nakabo 2002:860 [ref. 26001], Manilo & Bogorodsky 2003:S110 [ref. 27377], Myers & Donaldson 2003:628 [ref. 27495], Randall et al. 2004:17 [ref. 27624], Randall et al. 2005:124 [ref. 28745] as mossambicus, Allen et al. 2006:1240 [ref. 29090], Motomura in Motomura & Shibukawa 2009:164 [ref. 31132], Larson et al. 2013:143 [ref. 32988], Fricke et al. 2014:94 [ref. 33932], Fricke et al. 2019:173 [ref. 36673], Bogorodsky et al. 2020:528 [ref. 38001], Psomadakis et al. 2020:479 [ref. 37272]). Current status: Valid as Wattsia mossambica (Smith 1957). Lethrinidae: Monotaxinae. Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: East Africa and Socotra east to Marshall Islands and New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia. Habitat: marine.