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Orbiculate Batfish

Platax orbicularis

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Platax orbicularis
Class: Fish
Length: 20 to 25 inches
Life span: 10 to 15 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: Unknown

About

I LIVE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC OCEAN

The orbiculate batfish is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can be found from East Africa and the Persian Gulf to Australia. They typically live in shallow coastal waters with mangroves and other natural elements present for protection.


I AM AN OMNIVORE

The orbiculate batfish is an omnivorous fish and will feed on marine plants such as algae, as well as other marine animals like small fishes, plankton, and other invertebrates.


ORBICULATE BATFISH ARE SOCIAL

Orbiculate batfish can be a somewhat social species and has been known to form in schools of orbiculate batfish and various other species of fish. However, they may also be found swimming and living singly in their habitat.


LEAF ME ALONE

When orbiculate batfish are young, they have long, rusty brown fins that many predators will mistake for a dead leaf. An orbiculate batfish uses this to their advantage and will turn on their sides and drift with the ocean’s current to escape danger.


HELPING THE ORBICULATE BATFISH IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Because they will consume algae, the orbiculate batfish plays an important role in keep algae growth under control, something that brings balance to the reef and ensures its health and survival. As a predator of smaller marine animals, they also help keep those populations controlled as well.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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