Head with low, mostly smooth ridges, corner of gill cover with 2 strong spines, lower slightly longer than upper; large canines on tip of upper jaw. Sandy greyish brown above with many small yellow to orange spots and scattered larger white spots, sometimes darker blotches posteriorly, pale below; caudal fin pale with distinct bands to irregular yellowish spots; pectoral and ventral fins with large yellowish blotches. To at least 55 cm.
These flatheads are trawled commercially and occasionally caught by anglers. Their fin spines are venomous.
Soft bottoms in bays and along the coast, in depths of 10-160 m.
South-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Venomous spines can inflict mild to severe pain.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed