Fish ID: Rounded Batfish

Batfish rounded batfish platax orbicularis pal large juvenile
Family Batfish (EPHIPPIDAE)
species Platax orbicularis
size To 48cm
locality Close to reef over sandy substrate
behaviour Usually in groups
range Indo Pacific

Batfish look a little like pewter plates standing vertically in the water. Silvery, slow moving – quite magestic – unlike any other fish. (And nothing like a fruit bat, cricket bat or any other other kind of bat!)