Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Platycephalidae
Etymology: fulviguttatus: Name from the Latin word meaning ‘orange or brown spots’, refers to this species’ characteristic spots on the head and body.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 126 - 248 m (Ref. 86254). Subtropical
Eastern Indian Ocean to Western Pacific: Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86254)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 9 - 11;
soft rays: 11 - 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 99-113 anteroventrally slanted oblique scale rows above lateral line; snout length 30.4-34.8% HL, markedly decreasing proportionally with growth; pectoral fin length 14.6-16.5% SL; pelvic fin length 20.9-25.7% SL; nasal bone without tubercles; dorsal surface of head and body pale brown, with small, round brown spots; pelvic fin with small brown spots (Ref. 86254).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Imamura, H. and M.F. Gomon, 2010. Taxonomic revision of the genus Ratabulus (Teleostei: Platycephalidae), with descriptions of two new species from Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 67:19-33. (Ref. 86254)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 14.9 - 22.5, mean 20.3 (based on 26 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00479 (0.00212 - 0.01078), b=3.06 (2.86 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .