Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Platycephalidae
Etymology: Platycephalus: Greek, platys = flat + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335). More on author: Whitley.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal. Tropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Indian Ocean to Western Pacific: Australia (Western Australia to New South
Wales) and from the southern coasts of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia (Java).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 26.9  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 55.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94140)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following characters: a single small isolated dorsal spine anteriorly, second dorsal and anal fin rays usually 13; snout short, 25.9-27.7% HL; interorbit wider in larger specimens 6.3-14.3% HL; postorbital short 51.6-60.1% HL; posterior portion of snout and interorbital covered with scales; upper iris lappet broad, usually slightly bilobed, the skinny sensory tubes from the suborbital bones and preopercle not covering the cheek region, preopercule with two spines, the lower slightly longer than the upper, finger-like interopercular flap; a single exterior opening of the lateral line scales; color of head and body pale brown, with many small brownish spots dorsally, sometimes several indistinct brownish bands crossing back,three or four longitudinal dark bands on caudal fin, and upper lobe of caudal fin with yellow blotch when fresh (Ref. 86914).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Imamura, H., 2008. Synonymy of two species of the genus Platycephalus and validity of Platycephalus westraliae (Teleostei: Platycephalidae). Ichthyol. Res. 55:399-406. (Ref. 86914)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 2.7 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median LN(3)/K based on 2 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .