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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Ephippidae Spadefishes, batfishes and scats

Genus: Platax

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Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 65 cm SL
Platax batavianus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Platax batavianus
[Humpback batfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Platax boersii Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax boersii
[Golden spadefish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Platax orbicularis (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax orbicularis
[Orbicular batfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Platax pinnatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Platax pinnatus
[Dusky batfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Platax teira (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax teira
[Longfin batfish]



5 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Platax batavianus Humpback batfish Indo-West Pacific 65 SL 1831
Platax boersii Golden spadefish Indo-West Pacific 40 TL 1853
Platax orbicularis Orbicular batfish Indo-Pacific 60 TL 1775
Platax pinnatus Dusky batfish Western Pacific 45 TL 1758
Platax teira Longfin batfish Indo-West Pacific 70 TL 1775



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