Pinnate Batfish (Platax pinnatus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving
Pinnate Batfish (Platax pinnatus) - Marine Life - Liveaboard Diving

Pinnate Batfish

The Pinnate or Shaded Batfish (Platax pinnatus) 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. 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. In adult form, Orbicular and Teira Batfish are similar in appearance, especially the Orbicular Batfish.

Juvenile Pinnate Batfish
Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Juvenile Pinnate Batfish
Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Juvenile Pinnate Batfish
Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish
Credit: Johan Folmeus
Pinnate Batfish Platax pinnatus
Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Chordata (Chordates)
Class:
Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes (Perch-Like Fish)
Family: Ephippidae (Ephippidae)
Genus: Platax (Platax)
Species: Platax pinnatus
Size
Average Size: 30 centimetres

No Troubles Just Bubbles' divers who recently saw Pinnate Batfish

Alex Lindsay
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Surin
When: May 2022
MIKE F
Spotted in: Thailand Thailand
Diving from boat: Andaman
Trip destinations: Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Surin
When: May 2022

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