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Family Platycephalidae - Flatheads

Cymbacephalus beauforti - Giant Flathead

A well camoflaged Giant Flathead.

 

Detail of the eye of the Giant Flathead.

Distinguishing features

A medium to large bottom dwelling fish with a flattened head and large jaws. Extremely well camoflaged, capable of burying under sand, and difficult to see until it moves. Maximum size about 75cm.

Locations

Seen in most bays of the island near coral reefs, on reef flats, and over sandy bottoms.

Habitat Preferences

Found near areas of live coral with sargassum weed, and in sand and rubble areas over reef flats.

Biology & Ecology

An ambush predator on fishes and crustaceans, the Giant Flathead spends most of its time resting on the bottom in wait for prey.

DANGEROUS: The Flatheads have sharp spines on the head and gill covers which can deliver a painful sting. Handle with extreme care if caught while fishing.

First Aid: Immerse the wound in hot water for 30-60 mins and seek medical advice.

 

 


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