Pinnate Batfish

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Platax pinnatus - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pinnate Batfish

Beguiling juveniles often prove difficult to feed in the home aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The exquisite juveniles of this species appear with some regularity in the aquarium trade, but they should be avoided by all but the most experienced aquarists. Most will refuse to feed and are destined to starve.

Family: Ephippidae

Other common name(s):

  • Pinnate Platax
  • Redfin Batfish
  • Dusky Batfish

Native range:

Habitat: House in a deep tank and provide with plenty of unobstructed swimming room. Unlike its relatives, it is shy and will need suitable hiding places and nonaggressive tankmates.

Maximum length: 45 cm (18 in)

Maximum height: 59 cm (23 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 757 L (200 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Mid-level.

[edit] Feeding

Reportedly feeds on jellyfish and other gelatinous zooplankton, thus making it difficult to feed in the aquarium and thus best left in the wild.

Some individuals will take vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, live black worms, small pieces of fresh shrimp, squid, frozen mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations for herbivores. Feed 3 times a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

A peaceful species—more than one can be kept per tank. Will eat many types of sessile invertebrates, including some corals and anemones.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Pelagic eggs and larvae.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Pinnate BatfishRDF feed
Common name Pinnate Batfish  +, Pinnate Platax  +, Redfin Batfish  +, and Dusky Batfish  +
Family Ephippidae  +
Genus Platax  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum height 23 in  +
Maximum length 18 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 200 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Ryuku Islands  +, and Australia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes  +
Specific name pinnatus  +
Swimming level Mid-level.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +