Sand flathead

Southern Sand Flathead, Platycephalus bassensis. Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, Port Phillip, Victoria.
Image: Julian Finn / Museums Victoria
Community type

Tidal flats

Habitat type

Saltmarsh and tidal flats

Flathead are easily recognisable by their wide flattened heads and long narrow bodies. The Sand flathead, or common flathead spawn within the Derwent estuary at about three years of age, and young fish are found in shallow muddy and sandy areas, such as the tidal flats of Ralphs Bay. Flathead increasingly feed on seagrass in deeper waters as they get older.

Much of the text within the species area of our website was written by Veronica Thorpe, as part of the Derwent River Wildlife Guide (2000).

The DEP has developed a variety of classroom and outdoor activities focused around the key estuary habitats of tidal wetlands, salt marshes and rocky reefs. These include classroom materials, online resources, interpretive walks, games and sensory experiences.