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Orbiculate Batfish
OrbiculateBatfish Orbiculate Batfish
Quick Facts

Family: Chaetodontidae
Range: Indo-Pacific
Size: Up to 9 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: With caution
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

  Platax orbicularis
  Reef-associated; brackish; marine ; depth range 5 - 30 m
Climate / Range

Tropical; 22 - 28°C; 32°N - 23°S
  Indo-West Pacific: disjunct distribution including one area from the western Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and a second area including Hawaii and southern Polynesia, Line Islands to Pitcairn and west to Samoa.

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia and New Caledonia. Recorded off the coast of Florida in the Western Central Atlantic.

  Live in shallow protected coastal waters to deep, somewhat silty habitats. Often with deep shipwrecks. Adults are found singly or in small groups and occasionally in large schools in some areas. Juveniles occur singly or in small groups among mangroves and inner sheltered lagoons while adults move out to open waters over sandy areas of deep lagoons, channels, and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 30 m. Feed on algae, invertebrates and small fishes.
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