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Cymbacephalus beauforti 2.jpg
Crocodile Fish (C. beauforti)
Cymbacephalus staigeri.jpg
Northern Rock Flathead (C. staigeri)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Platycephalidae
Genus: Cymbacephalus
Fowler, 1938

Cymbacephalus is a genus of flatheads native to the western Pacific Ocean.


There are currently four recognized species in this genus:[1]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Crocodile Fish (Cymbacephalus beauforti) (6061920046).jpg Cymbacephalus beauforti (L. W. Knapp, 1973) Crocodile fish tropical waters of the center of the Indo-West Pacific
Cymbacephalus bosschei (Bleeker, 1860) Small-eyed flathead Western Central Pacific: Philippines, Borneo, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, the Arafura Sea and Western Australia to Darwin and Brisbane, Australia.
Cymbacephalus nematophthalmus (Günther, 1860) Fringe-eyed flathead Western Central Pacific: Philippines, Borneo, Singapore, Celebes, Papua New Guinea, New Georgia and Australia from the Northwest Shelf to Brisbane.
Cymbacephalus staigeri (Castelnau, 1875) Northern rock flathead Western Central Pacific: Christmas Island to northern Queensland, Gulf of Carpentaria, Darwin, Shark Bay, Australia and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Cymbacephalus in FishBase. December 2012 version.