Grammoplites suppositus   (Troschel,  1840) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, JE

Size: 20-25 cm.

Color: Brownish above, whitish below, fins more or less dusky; first dorsal fin with a large black blotch posteriorly; upper pectoral rays, upper caudal rays and second dorsal rays with dark spots.

Body elongated with head strongly depressed. Top of head with strong spines and bony ridges; preopercular spine usually 3; the lower two small, the upper long, reaching beyond margin of opercular membrane; gillrakers on first arch 1 plus 8; margin of interopercular membrane entire. Second dorsal fin with 12 soft rays; anal fin usually with 13 rays; pectoral rays 21 to 23, usually 22 to 23. Pored lateral line scales 51 to 55, usually 53; all bearing spines except for an occasional few on the posterior part of the body. Scales rows slanting downward and backward above lateral line about the same as the number of pored lateral line scales.

Synonym (s)
Grammoplites scaber (non Linnaeus, 1758)
(Misapplied Name)
Platycephalus maculipinna Regan, 1905
(Junior Synonym)
Platycephalus suppositus Troschel, 1840
(Senior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Regan's Flathead (English)
• Spotfin flathead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Caught with bottom trawls.)

Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Sandy, Muddy