Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
(Scorpionfishes) > Platycephalidae
Etymology: Platycephalus: Greek, platys = flat + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335); orbitalis: Name from Latin for eye, referring to its characteristic feature of a narrower interorbit.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 50 - 144 m (Ref. 83297), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Easrtern Indian Ocean: Western Australia,
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.3 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 83297)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 8 - 9;
soft rays: 13. This species is distinguished by the scalloped margin of the interopercle; infraorbitals and preopercle with well developed skinny sensory tubes, mostly covering cheek region, except for anteroventral region; body and head with no distinct large spots and bands dorsally (Ref. 83297).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Imamura, H. and L.W. Knapp, 2009. Platycephalus orbitalis, a new species of flathead (Teleostei: Platycephalidae) collected from Western Australia. Zootaxa 2271:57-63. (Ref. 83297)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 15.8 - 22.6, mean 17.4 °C (based on 28 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00400 - 0.01577), b=3.08 (2.90 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .