Pinnatus Batfish (Platax pinnatus)
Family: Ephippidae (Spadefishes, Batfishes)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 49 to 98 ft. Size: 20 in. Jumps: No Space: 200+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, jellyfish, gelatinous zooplankton
Natural History: The adult Zebra Batfish is found under overhangs on steep outer reef slopes. Juveniles are generally found in mangroves and inner reef zones in sheltered areas. Adults have been observed in large feeding groups. Juveniles are more brightly colored than adults.
Husbandry: The Zebra Batfish is considered peaceful and should be housed with other peaceful tankmates. It will likely nip at coral polyps, tube anemones, sea anemones, and hydroids. It should not be housed with aggressive fish that could potentially nip at fins. There should be numerous hiding places to allow it to retreat.
AKA: Dusky Batfish, Red-Finned Batfish
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