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Family Ephippidae

Platax, Batfishes & Spadefishes

Large planktivorous fishes of quiet waters along reefs and bays, often forming small aggregations throughout the tropics.  The few Hawaiian records are aquarium releases in the case of Platax pinnatus & Platax orbicularis around the main islands, or errant settlers at Midway Atoll.  Juveniles have an extremely narrow profile unlike that of adults.

 

INDO-PACIFIC

Platax boersii

BOERS' SPADEFISH

 
Platax orbicularis

ORBICULAR SPADEFISH

 

Platax teira

BLUNTHEAD SPADEFISH

 


WESTERN ATLANTIC

Chaetodipterus faber

ATLANTIC SPADEFISH