Southern Sand Flathead

Platycephalus bassensis Cuvier, 1829

A sandy to pale brownish flathead peppered with small pale to dark spots, 2-3 indistinct bands along the back towards the rear of the body, and a whitish belly. The lower half of tail has a large dark irregular blotch, often broken up by the pale fin rays, and the upper half is covered in large brown spots or blotches. The head has two large strong spines at the corner of the gill cover, and the lower is much longer than the upper spine.

The most common flathead species caught in southern australian coastal waters.

To ID look at the tail with the lower half with a dark blotch or blotches

How to identify Platycephalus bassensis?

What habitats does Platycephalus bassensis live in?

Sandy, muddy or shelly bottoms in shallow coastal bays to depths of about 100 m

What is the distribution of Platycephalus bassensis?

Southern Australia from SA to NSW including Tasmania

How big does Platycephalus bassensis grow?

Can grow to around 55cm or around 1.3kg

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