Crocodile Flathead (Cymbacephalus beauforti)

Also known as Beaufort's Crocodilefish, Crocodilefishes, De Beaufort's Flathead, Giant Flathead

Description

Also known as Beaufort's Crocodilefish, Crocodilefishes, De Beaufort's Flathead, Giant Flathead.

Found singly resting and camouflaged on coarse rubble, sand and seagrass beds around mangroves and shallow semi-exposed fringing coral reefs during the day dispersing at night to feed.
They feed on fish.
They pale and darken to blend in with surroundings, they also go through a black phase.
Length - 47cm
Depth - 1-12m
Widespread Western Pacific

Flatheads are closely related to Scorpionfish.
Their eyes are covered by a tasselled curtain which helps to disguise them from predators. The tassels expand and contract with intensity of light. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Cymbacephalus-beauforti.html

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