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Range DescriptionThis species is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific region (Cairns et al. 1999). It is found from the Red Sea and East Africa to northern Australia and French Polynesia. However, in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region, the species is only known from the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama (Glynn and de Weerdt 1991). Before 1983, M. platyphylla was reported to be present at Contreras Islands, Secas Islands, Coiba Islands and Bahia Honda, in the Gulf of Chiriquí (Glynn and de Weerdt 1991).
Specific records: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea (Socotra), Madagascar, Lakshadweep, W Thailand, NW Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Yap, Pohnpei (Micronesia), Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Sea - Solomon Islands, Great Barrier Reef (DeVantier and Turak pers. comm.). American Samoa (Fenner pers. comm.).
Randall and Cheng (1984) give western Indian Ocean eastward to the Tuamotus and GBR to Japan.
Razak and Hoeksema (2003) give Indonesia, Australia, China, Guam, Japan, Oman, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand.