Ventrifossa johnboborum is described from four specimens collected in the Bismarck Sea, Philippines, and the South China Sea. The new species is closely related to V. misakia Jordan and Gilbert from Japan, and the two constitute the sole members of subgenus Sokodara Iwamoto, 1979.

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