Northern Sand Flathead

Platycephalus Endrachtensis
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Platycephalus Endrachtensis
Other names Flagtail Flathead, Northern Flag Tailed Flathead, Sand Flathead, Western Estuary Flathead, Yellowtail Flathead, Bartail Flathead
Size Up to 62 cm (24.4 in)
Weight Up to 5 kg (11 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Coastal waters, estuaries, bays, inlets, harbours in sandy & shelly areas
Depth Range
Northern Sand Flathead Distribution

Interesting Info

  • Northern Sand Flathead are a solitary fish but can be found in the occasional small groups. They are commonly found in sandy areas near reef in tidal zones and estuarine environments.
  • No different to others of its species, the Norther Sand Flathead has two venomous spikes on the side of its head. Whilst not fatal to humans, they can cause pain and infection if not treated.
  • These flathead are carnivores and ambush hunters, feeding on smaller fish and crustaceans.
  • Estimated lifespan is around 9 years with the fish maturing after their second year.
  • The Northern Sand Flathead is commonly mistaken with the Yellowtail Flathead.
  • The distinguishing factor for a Northern Sand Flathead is in the tail. There are four or more dark horizontal lines on their tail fin with no yellow blotch.
  • The main predators of the Northern Sand Flathead include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing

Northern Sand Flathead are a highly targeted recreational fish known as an excellent eating fish. They are regularly targeted in estuaries and coastal waters.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Scorpaeniformes

Family: Platycephalidae

Genus: Platycephalus

Species: Platycephalus endrachtensis

Conservation Status

There is little information on the conservation status of the Northern Sand Flathead. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.

Fish Taste Quality

Northern Sand Flathead are a good table fish. Often served whole or as fillets.

Taste Rating: 4/5

How to catch
Northern Sand Flathead

Catch Difficulty: Easy

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Bait jig, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow

Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Trolling, Cast lures close to structure