Tag: Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis)

The Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis) is less common in local waters than its cousin, the Teira Batfish (Platax Teira), and is usually found in much smaller groups.

As its name suggests, the Round Batfish is more circular than most other members of the Batfish family and can also be distinguished by its silvery colouration with a dark bar through the eye and another behind the head.

The pectoral fins are yellow whilst the other fins are generally yellowish with dark to black margins or markings.

Some individuals may have small, scattered black spots present on the body whilst larger individuals may also have a small "bump" protruding from the forehead, slightly above eye-level.

This species tends to be less bold than the Teira Batfish, which often approach or even follow divers. Instead it can be found singularly or in small groups, feeding on algae and small crustaceans, or resting in sheltered areas between rocky outcrops.

The Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis) is less common in local waters than its cousin, the Teira Batfish (Platax Teira), and is usually found in much smaller groups.

As its name suggests, the Round Batfish is more circular than most other members of the Batfish family and can also be distinguished by its silvery colouration with a dark bar through the eye and another behind the head.

The pectoral fins are yellow whilst the other fins are generally yellowish with dark to black margins or markings.

Some individuals may have small, scattered black spots present on the body whilst larger individuals may also have a small "bump" protruding from the forehead, slightly above eye-level.

This species tends to be less bold than the Teira Batfish, which often approach or even follow divers. Instead it can be found singularly or in small groups, feeding on algae and small crustaceans, or resting in sheltered areas between rocky outcrops.

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Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis)

A Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis) comes unusually close to the camera during a dive at Sail Rock.
This individual was one member of a small group which set up residence at Sail Rock during 2010.

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Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis)

An adult Round Batfish (Platax Orbicularis) showing the features that distinguish the species eg. the round body shape, "bump" protrusion on the forehead (present on adults), yellow fins with black margins and markings, black bar though eye and behind head, small black scattered spots on the body.