Yellowtail Flathead (species: Platycephalus westraliae) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Platycephalus westraliae
Yellowtail Flathead

©Anne Hoggett: Platycephalus westraliae as found, mostly buried in sand, close to beach at night near Lizard Island Research Station.

©Lyle Vail: Platycephalus westraliae near Lizard Island Research Station at night, showing distinctive yellow/black/white pattern on tail.

©Anne Hoggett: Platycephalus westraliae about 20 cm long, close to beach near Lizard Island Research Station at night.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Scorpaeniformes
Family Platycephalidae
Genus Platycephalus
Species Platycephalus westraliae



Distinguishing features

A sandy coloured flathead with distinctive yellow, black and white streaks on tail.


  • Up to 47 cm (length according to Fishes of Australia website accessed 26 Jan 2020)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



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