Zebra Batfish (Platax batavianus)
Family: Ephippidae (Spadefishes, Batfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 13 to 50 ft. Size: 20 in. Jumps: No Space: 130+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The Zebra Batfish is found in open reef areas, usually singly, with little rock or coral present. It has been observed to shelter and camouflage with crinoids. This species is generally solitary, but is occasionally observed in pairs or small groups. Juveniles frequent shallower water while adults are found in deeper water. Juveniles have striking vertical zebra-banding pattern that adults lack.
Husbandry: The Zebra Batfish is considered peaceful and is reported to cohabitate with its own or other species. 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.
AKA: Batavian Batfish, Humpback Batfish
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