The order is represented in the western Atlantic from Canada to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. In the eastern Atlantic, zeiforms are known from the North Sea to South Africa, including the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, and Saint Helena. In the Indian Ocean, zeiforms occur along the east coast of Africa to the Gulf of Aden, Oman, the Persian Gulf, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Madagascar and eastward to the Andaman Sea, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. In the eastern Pacific, zeiforms range from Canada to Chile.
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