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Range DescriptionHalophila decipiens occurs mostly in the tropics and is circumglobal.
In the Atlantic, this species occurs in the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Caribbean Sea, Bermuda and eastern Brazil. It also occurs on the northwest coast of Africa and in the Canary Islands.
In the Pacific, H. decipiens is found from southern Japan and the coast of China throughout Southeast Asia and extending east across the Coral Sea to Fiji. It occurs from the Great Barrier Reef across northern Australia. It is also found in the Hawaiian Islands, Midway, and French Polynesia as well as in Mexico at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula (Santamaria-Gallegos et al. 2006).
In the Indian Ocean, H. decipiens is found from southwestern Australia through the Timor Sea, along the coast of Indonesia, Thailand and southern Myanmar (Novak et al. 2009). It is also present in India, on the southeast and mid-west coasts. It is present in the Chagos Archipelago, in the northern Red Sea, and in Yemen. Halophila decipiens also occurs also in the Seychelles and Kenya (McMahon and Waycott 2009) and Madagascar (F. Short pers. obs.).