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Ratabulus megacephalus  (Tanaka, 1917)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Platycephalidae (Flatheads)

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 79 - 261 m (Ref. 9790).   Temperate

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North Western Pacific: East and South China seas; southern Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hainan Island and northern Philippines.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9790); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9790)

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Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12. This species is distinguished by the following characters: 94-112 anteroventrally slanted oblique scale rows above lateral line; snout length 31.2-35.7% HL, markedly decreasing in length proportionally with growth; pectoral fin length 13.9-17.0% SL; pelvic fin length 19.5-23.1% SL; nasal bone without tubercles; dorsal surface of head and body dark brown, with small, round, dark-brown spots; and pelvic fin with small brown to black spots (Ref. 86254).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Taken by trawling at depths of 79 to 261m. Recorded by Galathea Station 539 as being dredged over gravel (Ref. 9790).

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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. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00513 (0.00221 - 0.01193), b=3.04 (2.84 - 3.24), 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. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   High.