Platycephalus bengalensis   Visweswara Rao,  1966 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Body dark grey brown, with some irregular lighter blotches. First dorsal fin dark, with a broad black edge; pectoral, pelvic and caudal fins black, other fins grey.

Body elongate and subcylindrical; head much flattened, its length 3.0 to 3.3 times in standard length; interorbital space concave. A sharp spine before and behind upper margin of each eye; supraorbital ridge serrated. Preopercular spine strong, not extending to gill opening. Villiform teeth in both jaws; teeth on vomer in two patches and a narrow band on each palatine, tongue smooth. Two dorsal fins; first fin with 9 spines, second dorsal fin with 111 soft rays. Anal fin with 12 soft rays. Caudal fin slightly rounded. Scales ctenoid; lateral line with 72 to 78 scales, with 7 or 8 spines on anterior scales.

Remarks: The values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Platycephalus bengalensis Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Platycephalus bengalensis Visweswara Rao, 1966

Common Name (s)
• Bengals Flat Fish (English)
• Bengal's Flathead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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 -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -

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