Platax pinnatus

Platax pinnatus, also known as the pinnate spadefish, pinnate batfish, dusky batfish, shaded batfish, or red-faced batfish is a fish from the western Pacific that occasionally is kept in marine aquariums.

Dusky Batfish
Platax pinnatus Captivity.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
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P. pinnatus
Binomial name
Platax pinnatus
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DescriptionEdit

As a juvenile it is blackish brown, or black with an 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 humansEdit

In the aquariumEdit

The pinnate batfish is occasionally kept in marine aquariums.

In the wildEdit

Platax pinnatus has been observed to significantly reduce algal growths on coral in studies simulating overfishing on the Great Barrier Reef.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brahic, Catherine (2006-12-18). "Batfish may come to Great Barrier Reef's rescue". New Scientist. Reed Business Information Ltd. Retrieved 2007-04-06.

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