crocodile fish

Scientific name Cymbacephalus beauforti
Descriptor Knapp
Year of description 1973
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Platycephalidae
Genus Cymbacephalus
Cymbacephalus beauforti Cymbacephalus beauforti


Cymbacephalus beauforti, commonly known as crocodile fish, is a salt water fish from the Indonesian seas.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    50 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern

How to recognize the crocodile fish ?

The crocodile fish measures between 35 and 50 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly marron and beige body. The also has marron mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The crocodile fish hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The crocodile fish is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although the crocodile fish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The crocodile fish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    28 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 12 m

Biotope presentation

The crocodile fish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 12m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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