The ⁤Flathead, scientifically⁢ known as Platycephalus indicus, is a member of the⁣ Platycephalidae family.

Conservation Status

Currently, the⁣ Flathead has not been assessed ⁣for a conservation ‌status by ⁤the International ⁣Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Length (Average) Length (Range) Weight (Average) Weight (Range) Average Lifespan
30 – 70 cm up to 120 cm 0.5 – 3 kg Up to 15 kg Up to ⁤20 years


Flathead fish are‍ generally found across the Indo-Pacific region, with high prevalence in Australia, Japan, China and Indonesia.
No specific migration patterns have been documented due to the bottom-dwelling nature ​of the species.


Water Type

Flathead prefer marine and brackish water ‍environments.

Depth range

These species usually reside⁤ at depths between 1 – 10​ meters ‍but are known to dive up to‍ 200⁢ meters.

Temperature range

The Flathead is adapted to temperature ⁤ranges ‌between 20 – 28°C.

Best Fishing Locations ‍and Tips

Top Fishing Locations

  • Botany Bay, NSW, Australia
  • Moreton Bay, QLD, Australia
  • Swan‌ River, WA, Australia
  • Port⁢ Phillip, VIC, Australia
  • Gold Coast Broadwater, QLD, Australia

General ‍Tips

Flathead fish are bottom-dwellers and hence, ⁣look for ⁣sand ⁣or mud bottom bodies of water. They‌ are also drawn to locations with plenty of ‌smaller fish, ⁣which are their primary food.

Identification Guide

Flathead fish are distinguished by their flat heads and bodies. They have a sandy, beige colour with brown spots for camouflage in their sandy habitats. They can be differentiated from similar species by their unique eyes, which are always on top of the flat head.

Culinary Details

How⁢ to Cook

Flathead filets can ​be grilled, fried, or baked and are‍ known for their pure, slightly sweet​ flavor, ​and low fat content.

Taste Profile

Flathead are prized for their firm, white flesh and ‌mild, slightly sweet flavour.

Nutritional Information

Flathead fish ⁣are packed with proteins and have ‌an extremely low-calorie ​count due to their low fat content.

Additional Information


The Flathead is‌ nocturnal and feeds ⁢on a‌ diet primarily consisting of fish and ‍crustaceans.

Predators and Threats

Natural predators include larger fish⁣ and sharks. A significant human-induced threat is overfishing.

Cultural/Historical Significance

Flathead holds⁢ cultural values especially‍ in‍ Japan, being included in many traditional‍ coastal cuisines.

References​ and Further Reading

For comprehensive studies on Flathead, refer to scholarly articles and works published on the subject. ​In addition, geographical fishing guides provide insights into the distribution, habits ⁤and⁢ fishing⁢ practices related to Flathead.

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