Platycephalus laevigatus, Port Phillip Bay, VIC, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Dark mottled appearance, a rounded body, and several rows of dark spots along the rays of the tail. It occurs commonly in seagrass beds and on flat vegetated reefs, particularly in the larger Victorian bays. The rock flathead is the most highly regarded of flathead species for its flavour.
Max Size: 50 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 11.2-22.9°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef, Seagrass
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (14% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney