Orbiculate Batfish

Orbiculate Batfish

  Tropical reef fish

Orbiculate Batfish

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Orbiculate Batfish

Scientific name:
Platax orbicularis
Year of description:
Forsskål, 1775
IUCN Status:
Least Concern

Red Sea, Indian and Pacific Oceans, French Polynesia (Tuamotu Archipelago), southern Japan, Australia and New Caledonia.


Coral reefs, lagoons, at depths of between 5 and 35 metres.


It measures 50 cm on average but can reach 60 cm. This species is oviparous.


Algae, invertebrates and small fish.

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?


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Orbiculate Batfish

Dis you know?

150,000 is the number of eggs that females release per egg laying.

 Orbiculate batfish feed on algae, invertebrates and small fish. This species is oviparous.

Orbiculate Batfish

The orbiculate batfish at NAUSICAA are "photobombers" that make their way into the photos of visitor

...even if they are not the centre of attention!

Where is the animal to be found?

Orbiculate batfish usually live in pairs in coral reefs, lagoons, near ledges, at depths between 5 and 35 metres. They can be found in groups in open water. Juveniles live in sheltered areas of mangroves and lagoons, at shallow depths (less than 20 metres). 

How can it be recognised?

The orbiculate batfish takes its name from its morphology as it grows: it first grows in length with large fins. Then it grows in width.

This fish can be identified by its flattened silvery body and its two vertical black stripes. It measures 50 cm on average, but can reach 60 cm.

What is distinctive about it?

To protect themselves from predators, juvenile orbiculate batfish mimic dead leaves and plant debris by floating on the surface, lying on their sides.

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