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Range DescriptionThis species is known from the Indo-West Pacific region: East Africa (Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and Somalia), the Andaman Sea, the South China Sea (not including the Philippines), and Indonesia (Holthuis 1991, Tshudy et al. 2007).
Several older records have been since disputed on taxonomic grounds; for example, specimens from Australian and Philippines are likely a different species (Metanephrops velutinus), as are those from southern Africa and the Mozambique channel (M. mozambicus) (Chan and Yu 1991, Tshudy et al. 2007, Chan 1997). A recent molecular analysis of the entire genus upheld the separate classification of these three closely related species (Chan et al. 2009).