Cymbacephalus beauforti (Crocodile flathead)


Elongate and flat body shape, flat crocodile-like snout and head, sandy grey color with black and brown markings. It has a delicate, but very intricate pattern over skin flaps over the eye. It is usually found motionless in the sand, relying on its camouflage not to be seen. They are solitary.


Unassessd by the IUCN red list, but there are many species of flatheads and crocodile fish, this species is fairly common throughout Asia and the Pacific.


Western Pacific, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Palau, and Yap Island to Ishigaki Island. They can be found on sand, mud and rubble, near reefs, near seagrass and mangroves, in a depth range of 0-30 meters.



Up to 54 cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on smaller fish and crustaceans.

Special features

When approached carefully, you can examine they eyes of the crocodile flathead which are very nice to see.