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Its not Black & White :D Juvenile Pinnate Batfish - Platax pinnatus, still almost all black in colour with borders of orange.  This is supposedly a mimicry of 'Flatworms' which are poisonous, thus a way for their protection when small in size.  As they get's bigger, they will takes in more silverfish colour, the fins becoming shorter and the orange border will fades eventually. Anilao,Batangas,Batfish,Fish,Philippines,Pinnate Batfish,Platax pinnatus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Its not Black & White :D

Juvenile Pinnate Batfish - Platax pinnatus, still almost all black in colour with borders of orange. This is supposedly a mimicry of 'Flatworms' which are poisonous, thus a way for their protection when small in size. As they get's bigger, they will takes in more silverfish colour, the fins becoming shorter and the orange border will fades eventually.

    comments (9)

  1. Whaaat?! So awesome! I thought it was a flatworm when I first saw the thumbnail! Posted 18 days ago
    1. Yes exactly, Christine.
      They mimics Flatworm at this stage.
      Posted 17 days ago
  2. Absurd....ly cool! Posted 18 days ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :) Posted 17 days ago
  3. Saw once in Mabul many years ago. Had me wondering whether it is a floating seaweed or a fish. haha Posted 15 days ago
    1. Chun, I believe the one you saw is not a Pinnate Batfish but an Orbicular batfish - Platax orbicularis.
      You can have a look to see if that is correct :

      https://www.naturepl.com/stock-photo-orbicular-batfish-platax-orbicularis-leaf-like-juvenile-lembeh-strait-image01498834.html
      Posted 15 days ago
      1. Could be. If they can be really dark and move in a group near the surface at night. Posted 14 days ago
        1. Juvenile Pinnate Batfish are solitary whereas its possible to see a few Juvenile Orbicular Batfish together. Posted 14 days ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:
    The pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus) lives in the Indo-West Pacific near coral reefs where they feed on algae, jellyfish, and zooplankton. Juveniles are breathtakingly beautiful with black bodies that are outlined in vibrant orange. But, as they mature, they lose their juvenile features and become a dull silver color. They are shy fish that deserve to live their lives in the wild, especially since they do not do well in captivity. Some may live for a few months, but 90% die within hours of being captured. But, thanks to gorgeous photos like this one, we can easily admire these magnificent fish in their natural habitat. {Spotted in Philippines by JungleDragon moderator, Albert Kang} #JungleDragon #Juvenilepinnatebatfish #Batfish #Plataxpinnatus
    Posted 3 days ago

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''Platax pinnatus'', also known as the pinnate batfish, dusky batfish, shaded batfish, or red-faced batfish is a fish from the western Pacific that occasionally is kept in marine aquariums.

Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Albert Kang
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Uploaded Nov 18, 2019. Captured Nov 16, 2019 19:33.
  • TG-6
  • f/18.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO800
  • 18mm