Pale body with brown crossbars. Black blotch above pelvic fin. Juveniles have long, exaggerated dorsal and anal fins.
Scientific name: Platax orbicularis
Common names: orbicular batfish or circular spadefish
Size: 30 cm
Indo-central Pacific, Oman to Durban.
Inshore protected reefs and mangrove areas. Can also be found near shipwrecks and jetties down to 70m. Juveniles are solitary or live in small groups among mangroves or other inner sheltered lagoons.
Eat algae, small invertebrates and zooplankton.
External fertilisation, same as other bony fish.
Juveniles are valuable to marine aquarists.
Daily bag limit: none
Minimum size limit: none
Closed season: none
Other regulations: none
SASSI: not listed
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