Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Orbicular Batfish

Orbicular Batfish at Similan Islands, Thailand
An Orbicular Batfish swimming
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Orbicular Batfish
Juvenile Orbicular Batfish
Credit: Isabelle van Meir
Orbicular Batfish
Juvenile Orbicular Batfish
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Orbicular Batfish
Orbicular Spadefish
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Orbicular Batfish Platax orbicularis
Description

The Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis) is a flat-sided fish that swims slowly around reefs. It's mainly grey, with vertical black and white stripes at its head, and yellow pectoral fins. P.orbicularis has a slightly pointed/pointy snout/nose, compared to P.teira. There are five species in the genus, and they are very similar in appearance. Also, juvenile Batfish differ greatly from the adults, making identification even more difficult.

Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes (Perch-Like Fish)
Family: Ephippidae (Ephippidae)
Genus: Platax (Platax)
Species: Platax orbicularis
Size
Average Size: 40 centimetres

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