Animal Species:Roundface Batfish, Platax teira Forsskål, 1775

The Roundface Batfish can be recognised by the dark blotch below the pectoral fin, and a second elongated dark mark above the origin of the anal fin. The species occurs though much of the tropical Indo-West Pacific.

Standard Common Name

Roundface Batfish

Alternative Name/s

Longfin Batfish, Round-faced Batfish, Spotbelly Batfish, Tail-fin Batfish, Tiera Batfish

Identification

The Roundface Batfish can be recognised by the dark blotch below the pectoral fin, and a second elongated dark mark above the origin of the anal fin. Viewed from the side, the body is roughly circular with a low hump on the nape. It is silver, grey or brownish with a dark band through the eye and another level with the pectoral fin. Juveniles have very long dorsal and anal fins that become relatively shorter as the fish grows. Four species of batfishes (genus Platax) are recorded from Australian waters.

Size range

The species grows to 60 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs though much of the tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the southern coast of New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Pygoplites teira

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Roundface Batfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

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Habitat

The species occurs in shallow coastal habitats to deeper offshore.

Classification

Species:
teira
Genus:
Platax
Family:
Ephippidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 507.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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