Animal Species:Longsnout Flathead, Thysanophrys chiltonae Schultz, 1966

The Longsnout Flathead has a long, spatulate snout. It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.

Longsnout Flathead, Thysanophrys chiltonae

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Standard Common Name

Longsnout Flathead

Identification

The Longsnout Flathead has a long, spatulate snout. It is mostly white with brown saddles on its back. There is brown mottling on the head and sides. The fins have brown or white spots.

Size range

The species grows to 23 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia, the Longsnout Flathead is known from the northern to southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Thysanophrys chiltonae

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Longsnout Flathead specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
chiltonae
Genus:
Thysanophrys
Family:
Platycephalidae
Order:
Scorpaeniformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Platycephalidae, Fishes, Ichthyology, Longsnout Flathead, Thysanophrys chiltonae, tropical water, marine, spatulate snout, blotches/mottled, brown mottling, brown spots, white spots, dots/spots, 10 cm - 30 cm, Great Barrier Reef,