Pinnate Batfish

Juvenile Pinnate Batfish Juvenile Pinnate Batfish
Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

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Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

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Juvenile Pinnate / Shaded Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

Pinnate Batfish Platax pinnatus
Description

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.

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

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