Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Western Central; Palau; Philippines; South China Sea; Taiwan; Tonga; Western Pacific: Philippines, north to Taiwan and Iriomotejima, south to northern Bali and Flores (Ref. 37816). Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797). Replaced by Paracheilinus mccoskeri in the Indian Ocean (Ref. 37816).