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

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Color: Body brownish above and whitish below. Spinous dorsal fin with a distinctive black blotch between the 6th and 8th spines; second dorsal fin with their tips black and with dusky spots on fin membrane; pectoral and anal fins slightly spotted; pelvic and caudal fins with blackish margins.

Body robust and subcylindrical; head spatulate, its length 2.9 to 3.1 times in standard length. Upper jaw (maxilla) reaching to below anterior half of eye. Teeth in villiform bands in jaws; in two oval patches on vomer and narrow elongated bands on palatines. Preopercular spine long, 3.6 to 4.2 times in head length, extends slightly beyond operculum; two shorter spines below it. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 9 spines and second dorsal fin with 12 or 13 soft rays. Anal fin with 13 or 14 soft rays. Caudal fin rounded. Lateral line spiny along its entire length, 53 to 55 spiny scutes.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Platycephalus suppositus Troschel 1840
Platycephalus maculipinna Regan 1905
Grammoplites suppositus Knapp 1979

Common Name (s)
• Regan's Flathead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1984)
• West Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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