Also known as Beaufort's Crocodilefish, Crocodilefish, De Beaufort's Flathead, Giant Flathead.
Found singly, resting and camouflaged during the day, on coarse rubble, sand, and seagrass beds, around mangroves and shallow, semi-exposed, fringing coral reefs, dispersing at night to feed. Can pale and darken to blend in with surroundings, also go through a black phase.
They feed nocturnally on fish.
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