Orbicular Batfish

Orbicular Batfish at Similan Islands, Thailand Orbicular Batfish at Similan Islands, Thailand
An Orbicular Batfish swimming

Credit: Alexander Kiermayer

Juvenile Orbicular Batfish

Credit: Isabelle van Meir

Juvenile Orbicular Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

Orbicular Spadefish

Credit: Alexander Kiermayer

Orbicular Batfish Platax orbicularis

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
Chordata (Chordates)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-Like Fish)
Family: Ephippidae (Ephippidae)
Genus: Platax (Platax)
Species: Platax orbicularis
Average Size: 40 centimetres

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