Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Anatomy and morphology
As a juvenile it is brown with orange stripe outlining its entire body. Adults become a dull silver. This fish grows to a maximum size of 45 cm (18 in).
Importance to humans
This is almost always a poor choice of fish for an aquarium. They are poor shippers, and typically die within the first few days in the aquarium. Even compared to other batfish they are known for being fragile. Those few that do survive lose their juvenile coloration and exhibit an adult color form typically considered less attractive.
In the wild
- Brahic, Catherine (2006-12-18). "Batfish may come to Great Barrier Reef's rescue". New Scientist (Reed Business Information Ltd.). Retrieved 2007-04-06.