Head large, flattened, with low ridges, two spines of gill cover, upper spine much shorter than lower. Sandy to dark brown or greyish above, scattered with small blue to white spots, and often with dark spots and blotches, pale below; margin of tail with 3-5 large, round, similar-sized black white-edged spots, fin otherwise with dusky brown blotches. To 90 cm.
The largest flathead in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, and highly prized by recreational anglers. It is also commercially fished.
Sandy bottoms and weed beds in bays and along the coast, in depths of 0-30 m.
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