Common family name
Up to 1m, average 30 cm
Flatheads, as their name suggests, have big, flat, pointy heads. They are camouflaged in colour in black, white, brown and beige, varying from light to dark.
Flatheads belong to the Platycephalidae family which comprises of 18 genera and 60 species. Their bodies are round when swimming. Flatheads are bottom-dwelling fish, camouflaging themselves or hidings in the sand to attack their prey by surprise. When they are near enough, they gulp their prey. These fish are pelagic spawners.
Flatheads feed on crustaceans and small fish.
They can be found in all tropical and temperate waters across the world.
Bartail flathead (Platycephalus indicus)
Broadhead flathead (Thysanophrys arenicola)
Longhead flathead (Papilloculiceps longiceps)
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