Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Platycephalidae
Etymology: Platycephalus: Greek, platys = flat + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335). More on author: Klunzinger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 1 - 30 m (Ref. 9563). Subtropical; - 45°S
Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from southern Australia, from Western Australia to Victoria and Tasmania. Large adults have been misidentified as Platycephalus fuscus, the common estuarine flathead of New South Wales and southern Queensland (Ref. 9563).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 32.5  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 90.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9563)
A shallow water species, recorded from surf beaches, estuaries and in bays (Ref. 9563).
Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley, 1989. Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 15.7 - 23.8, mean 18 (based on 215 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00248 - 0.01273), b=3.03 (2.84 - 3.22), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=1-2; tmax=12).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (41 of 100) .