Elates ransonnettii (Steindachner, 1876)
Dwarf flathead
Elates ransonnettii
photo by CSIRO

Family:  Platycephalidae (Flatheads)
Max. size:  19 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 5 - 53 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Gulf of Thailand and the Philippines to Papua New Guinea and northern Queensland, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-14; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 12-14. Rear edge of maxilla ends below anterior nostril, well in front of eye. Preopercular spine single, long, bayonet-like, reaching to or past rear opercular margin, accessory spine lacking. Caudal fin emarginate, upper lobe longest, bearing an elongate filament. Dorsal and anal fin rays usually 13. Lateral line scales often about 94.
Biology:  Taken by trawling over sand bottoms from about 5 to 53 m (Ref. 9790).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   

Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 27.11.92
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 06.02.09
Checked by: Knapp, Leslie - 06.10.95

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