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Planaxis sulcatus (Born, 1778)

Furrowed Clusterwink

Terence Tan (2011)


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Biogeographical Distribution


Global distribution of P. sulcatus in the Indo-Pacific Region. Areas highlighted in red, denotes the coastal regions of which P. sulcatus are known to have occur. P. Sulcatus are reported to occur along the coast of Australia, the Pacific islands of Fiji and New Celedonia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Pakistan, the Persian Gulf countries, the Red Sea countries and countries along the east coast of continental Africa. (Adapted from The Encyclopaedia of Life, 2011)


Planaxis sulcatus occurs in large populations; over a broad biogeographically range throughout the Indo-Pacific Region (Houbrick 1987). In the Southern Hemisphere, they are found to occur from the east, along the tropical coasts of Australia, in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territories, New Caledonia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, island groups of Aldabra, Mauritius and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and to the west, along the eastern continental coast of Africa in Mozambique, Kenya and the Mascarene Basin. In the Northern Hemisphere, they are common along the coasts of Southeast Asian countries such as in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, further north in Hong Kong and Southern Japan, to the west along the coast of India, Pakistan, the Persian Gulf, Tanzania and the Red Sea (EOL 2011; Lau 2004; McKillup & McKillup 1993; Rosenberg 2010; Stirling 1982; Taylor 1978).