Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
The orbicular batfish (Platax orbicularis), also known as the circular batfish, orbiculate batfish, round batfish, or orbic batfish is a popular aquarium fish which occurs naturally in the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The body of Platax orbicularis is almost disc-shaped, and very thin. Its tail, about 20% of the body length, is fan-shaped and is taller than it is long. Males can grow to up to 50 cm in length, though aquarium specimens are generally much shorter.
In the wild, the orbicular batfish is found in brackish or marine waters, usually around reefs, at depths from 5 to 30 metres. Its range extends from the Red Sea and East Africa in the east to the Tuamotu Islands in French Polynesia in the west, and from southern Japan in the north to northern Australia and New Caledonia. It has been recorded off the coast of Florida, though this may be the result of dumping of aquarium specimens.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Platax orbicularis" in FishBase. March 2006 version.
- "Platax orbicularis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 11 March 2006.
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