Male Flowery Flounders are characterised by having an elongated pectoral fin on the eyed side, tentacles on the widely-spaced eyes, and spines on the snout. The species is variable in colour but usually has white to blue spots, some of which are arranged in circles.
It is usually seen on sandy substrates.
The species occurs in shallow tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.