Orbiculate Batfish (Platax orbicularis)
The Orbiculate batfish is a nice fish for anyone who has a tank large enough to house them. This species changes appearance a lot during its lifetime and an adult specimen looks nothing like a juvenile one. Both coloration and body shape changes. Adult specimens have a very high profile reminding much of the body shape of freshwater angelfish and a yellow and brown body. Juvenile specimens have a much lower body more similar to that of a discus fish (a little more squared). The juvenile Orbiculate batfish has a silvery body with three black lines running vertically across it. They are not reef safe as they will eat small fish and invertebrates as well as anemones and coral. The Orbiculate batfish is a friendly species and can be kept with most species that are large enough not to be considered food and that enjoy a similar setup. Don't keep with very aggressive fish like triggers.
Size: approx 3"
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