Platax pinnatus
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They are usually a solitary species both as a juvenile and as an adult. They are found along coastal areas and shipwrecks. Juveniles often hide in cracks and crevices of coastal reefs. Juveniles adopt mimicry of a poisonous flatworm having a brilliant black body with a bright orange-yellow rim. Adults can be distinguished from other batfish by a protruding snout and large triangular pectoral and dorsal fins.
Frequency of sightings:
Best time of year:
All year round
5-30 m depth, juveniles to 12 cm, abults up to 37 cm.
Divesites seen at:
Angels Window, Aw Shucks, Batu Angus, Batu Kapal, Batu Merah, Batu Sandar, California Dreaming, Critter Hunt, Dantes Wall, Goby A Crab, Jiko Yansi, Lembeh Resort House Reef, Madidir, Makawide, Makawide 2, Makawide 3, Nudi Falls, Nudi Retreat, Pintu Colada, Pulau Abadi, Pulau Putus, Serena West, Tanjung kusu-kusu
Taxonomical order of this critter:
Free Swimmer
Bat Fish
- Circular batfish
- Pinnate batfish juv.
- Zebra batfish

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