Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes
(Flatfishes) > Poecilopsettidae
Etymology: Poecilopsetta: Greek, poikilos = with a lot of colours + Greek, psetta = grouper (Ref. 45335); macrocephala: From the Greek for large head, in reference to the size of the head of this species (Ref. 42962). More on authors: Hoshino, Amaoka & Last.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 555 m (Ref. 42962). Deep-water
Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from the continental slope off northwestern Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42962)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 53 - 56. 75-78 lateral line scales, large head (26.6-29.6% of SL), well-projected profile above upper eye, shallow body (34.9-37.3% of SL), large upper (11.6-12.3% of SL) and lower (11.3-13.0% of SL) eye diameters and orbit length (11.7-13.0% of SL), large upper (8.6-9.6% of SL [ocular side], 7.7-9.0% [blind side]) and lower (11.4-12.5% of SL [ocular side], 11.0-12.7% of [blind side]) jaws, pectoral fin on ocular side smaller than that on blind side (former 63-87% of latter in length), and 28-29 caudal vertebrae (Ref. 42962).
Found on the continental slope (Ref. 42962).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hoshino, K., K. Amaoka and P.R. Last, 2001. A new dextral flounder, Poecilopsetta macrocephala (Pisces: Pleuronectiformes: Poecilopsettidae), from northwestern Australia. Species Diversity 6:73-81. (Ref. 42962)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .