Batfish

Batfish

 

Batfish © WiseOceans

Batfish © WiseOceans

Batfish have a graceful swimming style, either staying close to rocks or shoaling close to the surface, occasionally breaking the surface.  Batfish (Spadefish) are commonly found on the reef, usually seen in small groups of two or three, either as adult pairs or adult and juvenile.  However they will sometimes be seen in deeper water in huge schools, which is very spectacular. They have a large disk shape body with wide rear body and anal fins. They are a white-grey colour with two dark bars, one through the eye and one behind the gills. The juveniles have a smaller body, but with large body and anal fins which makes them look out of proportion.  When they are juveniles they will often float horizontally at the surface pretending to be dead leaves – adults up to 47cm.

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