Fish ID: Round Batfish

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Family Batfish (EPHIPPIDAE)
species Platax orbicularis
size up to 48cm
locality Near reefs over sandy substrate
behaviour Usually in groups
range Indian and Pacific Oceans

Batfish look a little like pewter plates standing vertically in the water. Silvery, slow moving – quite majestic – unlike any other fish. (And nothing like a fruit bat, cricket bat or any other kind of bat!) Here you can see face on, and it almost has a round face.