Teira Batfish

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Teira Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

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Teira Batfish

Credit: Johan Folmeus

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Teira Batfish at Boonsung Wreck, Thailand

Credit: Alexander Kiermayer

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A shoal of Teira Batfish during a sunset dive

Credit: Johan Folmeus

Teira Batfish Platax teira
Description

The Teira Batfish (Platax teira) is a flat-sided fish that swims slowly around reefs, sometimes alone and often in shoals of 10-20 individuals. It's mainly grey, with vertical black and white stripes at its head, and yellow pectoral fins. P.teira has a slightly flat or blunt snout, compared to P.orbicularis. 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 teira
Size
Average Size: 40 centimetres

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