Flathead (Tiger) Neoplatycephalus richardsoni

Tiger flathead
Tiger flathead

Distribution - Tiger flathead are found from the NSW north coast south through to Portland in Victoria, including Bass Straight and Tasmania. This species is predominantly found offshore but tiger flathead also inhabit shallow coastal bays. Tiger flathead are more common south of Nowra.

Size - Maximum of 3kg and 65cm in length.

Characteristics - Bright orange/brown spots on the head and body, with red/brown spots on upper half of the tail. They have large teeth on the roof of their mouth and a sharp spine on each side of the head. Considered good eating.

Confusing species - The reddish/orange spots on the head and body separate this from other flathead.