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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Atlantic Goliath grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Blackspotted moray

Blackspotted moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common bluestripe snapper

Common bluestripe snapper

Five-lined snapper

Five-lined snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Silver moony

Silver moony

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Chinese trumpetfish

Chinese trumpetfish

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Orbicular batfish

Orbicular batfish

Facts

LatinPlatax orbicularis
Size60 cm
FoodAlgae, small crustaceans and fish
HabitatIn the middle of the water column over sandy bottom and coral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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Confuses the enemy

The eyes of the orbicular batfish are hidden by a black stripe. This makes it difficult to distinguish head from tail and can trick predators into thinking that it is escaping in the opposite direction. This gives the batfish a head start as it makes its getaway.

Change their shape throughout life

The fry differ significantly from the adults – so much so, in fact, that they almost look like two separate species. The fry have extremely long fins and are shaped like boomerangs. As they grow older, their fins grow shorter.

High and thin

The batfish can grow up to 60cm high. From the side, it resembles some of the other large fish, but when viewed from the front, it is flat as a pancake. With its slender body, the batfish can swim among the cracks in the coral reef. Its body shape also makes other fish think it is larger than it actually is.


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