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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Actinopterygii (class)  »  Scorpaeniformes (order)  »  Platycephalidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 296020 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Platycephalus westraliae   (Whitley, 1938)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

Photographic Index of Australian Fishes (PIAF)

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Family: 37 296 Platycephalidae (Flatheads) - show full list
Standard Name: Yellowtail Flathead
Common Names List: yellow-tailed flathead
Standard (Commercial) Name(s): Flathead
Organism Type: a flathead
Synonyms: Platycephalus endrachtensis (not Quoy & Gaimard, 1825): Taylor, 1964; Gloerfelt-Tarp & Kailola, 1984; Sainsbury et al 1985; Hutchins & Swainston, 1986; Allen & Swainston, 1988; Paxton et al 1989; Allen, 1997; Knapp, 1999, Hoese et al 2006.
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Estuarine
Coastal (0-40m)
Shelf Demersal (40-200m)
Parent Codes: 37 296913     Platycephalus spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2009-01-06.
Occurrence locations [71] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 50 m.
Scientific Name Notes:Imamura (2008) examined type specimens of P. endrachtensis, P. arenarius & P. westraliae. He concluded that the first two are the same species (P. arenarius is a junior synonym of P. endrachtensis, so P. arenarius is now known as P. endrachtensis) and the latter was resurrected from the synonymy of P. bassensis. Most records referring to P. endrachtensis prior to late 2008 probably refer to P. westraliae. P. westraliae is known from Port Hacking (NSW) across northern Australia to Fremantle, WA and also from southern PNG and Java.

Australian Faunal Directory (AFD)
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
Fishes of Australia 3761
Checked on: 2020-10-20
View at Fishes of Australia
World Register of Marine Species
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2022-03-29
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
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