Thalassoma purpureum was reported from 51 countries/islands


Table 1: the species is currently present in 51 of them (endemic, native, introduced);
Table 2: possible in 0 of them (stray, questionable);
Table 3: absent from 0 of them (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: all reports listed together.

Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 4392) to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Easter islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe, Kermadec, and Rapa islands. Southeast Atlantic: southeast coast of South Africa (Ref. 4392). Replaced by Thalassoma virens in the Revillagigedo Islands (Ref. 37816).
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Table 1: Present in 51 countries/islands (endemic, native, introduced)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 87596
Oceania Australia AUS native 75154
Africa Bassas da India BSI native 124899
Asia Chagos Is. CHG native 27307
Asia China CHN native 47843
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
Asia Cocos Is. (Keel) CCK native 9399
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 34027
Oceania Easter I. EAS native 89467
Africa Egypt EGY native 1602
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 4517
South America Galapagos Is. GOS native 37816
Oceania Guam GUM native 37816
Oceania Hawaii HWI native 58302
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 8631
Asia Japan JPN native 1602
Africa Kenya KEN native 12484
Oceania Kermadec Is. KMD native 8879
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Oceania Lord Howe I. LHI native 8879
Asia Malaysia MYS native 4789
Asia Maldives MDV native 11303
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 1602
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 1602
Africa Mauritius MUS native 58078
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 3807
Africa Mozambique MOZ native 41878
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 11897
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
Oceania Niue NIU native 3804
Oceania Norfolk I. NFK native 8879
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 1602
Asia Ogasawara Is. OGW native 26066
Oceania Palau PLW native 37816
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 41464
Asia Philippines PHL native 1602
Oceania Pitcairn PCN native 87915
Africa Réunion REU native 53568
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 6110
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Africa Seychelles SYC native 5374
Africa Somalia SOM native 30573
Africa South Africa ZAF native 4392
Asia Sri Lanka LKA native 10361
Asia Taiwan TWN native 4868
Africa Tanzania TZA native 12484
Asia Timor-Leste TLS Native 118793
Oceania Tonga TON native 53797
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 58534

Table 4: Reported from 51 countries/islands.
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 87596
Oceania Australia AUS native 75154
Africa Bassas da India BSI native 124899
Asia Chagos Is. CHG native 27307
Asia China CHN native 47843
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
Asia Cocos Is. (Keel) CCK native 9399
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 34027
Oceania Easter I. EAS native 89467
Africa Egypt EGY native 1602
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 4517
South America Galapagos Is. GOS native 37816
Oceania Guam GUM native 37816
Oceania Hawaii HWI native 58302
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 8631
Asia Japan JPN native 1602
Africa Kenya KEN native 12484
Oceania Kermadec Is. KMD native 8879
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Oceania Lord Howe I. LHI native 8879
Asia Malaysia MYS native 4789
Asia Maldives MDV native 11303
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 1602
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 1602
Africa Mauritius MUS native 58078
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 3807
Africa Mozambique MOZ native 41878
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 11897
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
Oceania Niue NIU native 3804
Oceania Norfolk I. NFK native 8879
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 1602
Asia Ogasawara Is. OGW native 26066
Oceania Palau PLW native 37816
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 41464
Asia Philippines PHL native 1602
Oceania Pitcairn PCN native 87915
Africa Réunion REU native 53568
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 6110
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Africa Seychelles SYC native 5374
Africa Somalia SOM native 30573
Africa South Africa ZAF native 4392
Asia Sri Lanka LKA native 10361
Asia Taiwan TWN native 4868
Africa Tanzania TZA native 12484
Asia Timor-Leste TLS Native 118793
Oceania Tonga TON native 53797
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 58534
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