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Golden Spadefish- Platax boersii Size to 47 cm. Yellowy silver with dark to faint bar through eye and a second bar from nape to ventral fins.<br />
Habitat: Seen in the House Reef of Lankayan during a night dive, Sabah.         Fall,Geotagged,Golden spadefish,Malaysia,Platax boersii,Spadefish Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Golden Spadefish- Platax boersii

Size to 47 cm. Yellowy silver with dark to faint bar through eye and a second bar from nape to ventral fins.
Habitat: Seen in the House Reef of Lankayan during a night dive, Sabah.

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  1. With 1/40s of shutter speed, how do you manage to freeze a fish like this? I can't even manage this standing outside an aquarium :) Posted 2 years ago
  2. I guess fast reflexes combined to control of my buoyancy? I have many cases where pics go bad..but the setting is special for fish and underwater conditions and the additional strobe helps a lot as it works fast and illumination helps to freeze the image. I only dive 10-20 or so times a year but over the years I have near 200 dives and I have learned to control my buoyancy while making pics. I imagine professionals with 1000+ dives can do it much more better with much more cumbersome equipment and more dificult conditions but for me as a hobby it works well to have good mementos of my trips and to be able to ID the species I see. I can tell you that in other seas I had trouble making good pics due to murkiness and strong currents. There were times when the current literally felt as if I was in a laundry machine with me even rolling 360 on top of my buddy husband while trying to stabilize myself to make a picture..so sometimes it can be very tricky ;-) Posted 2 years ago

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Members of the genus Platax are generally similar in shape to the other species in the family. Adults are rather disc-shaped fish, with laterally compressed bodies and large dorsal and anal fins that give individuals a somewhat triangular profile.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Jun 6, 2016. Captured Oct 1, 2015 11:54 in Malaysia.
  • XZ-1
  • f/2.5
  • 1/40s
  • ISO200
  • 6mm