Scientific Name
Platax orbicularis  
Platax orbicularis圓眼燕魚
by: H. H. Xu
Author (Forsskål, 1775) Depth 0 - 60M
Chinese 圓眼燕魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 白鯧科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F465 Ephippidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 圓燕魚 
Max Length 60 cm TL  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 蝙蝠魚、鯧仔、圓海燕、飛翼、咬破婆仔、富貴魚、白鯧(臺東)、圓眼燕魚 
Distribution in World India Ocean to Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan East、South、South West、North、North East、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew、LanI Is.、Greeb IS. 
Habitats Coral、Benthos、Estuary、Coastal、
Holotype Locality Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Red Sea 
Synonyms Chaetodon orbicularis, Chaetodon vespertilio, Platax blochii, Platax ehrenbergii, Platax guttulatus, Platax obricularis, Platax orbicularia, Platax orbicularius, Platax pinnatus, Platax vespertilio   
Reference 台灣淡水及河口魚圖鑑(周及高,2011)  Forsskål, P. 1775 Randall, J. E. etc. 1971 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0054349. ASIZP0057105. ASIZP0058252. ASIZP0059098. ASIZP0059295. ASIZP0059331. FRIP00856. FRIP21170. FRIP21263. FRIP22318. FRIP22382. NMMBP00160. NMMSTP00421. NMMSTP00503. NTMP0377. NTUM04423. NTUM04632. NTUM04864. NTUM08224.  
Common Name Orbicular batfish; Orbiculate batfish; Round bat fish; Sicklefish; Round batfish; Circular batfish; Batfish; Circular spadefish batfish; Circular spadefish; Narrowbanded batfish 
Redlist Status Not in IUCN Redlist LC    
Characteristic Body orbicular and strongly compressed. Snout profile of large adults concave, with bony swelling between eyes. Jaws with bands of slender, flattened, tricuspid teeth, the middle cusp about twice length of lateral cusps; no teeth on palatines or vomer. Five pores on each side of lower jaw. Dorsal fin single, with V spines and 35 to 37 soft rays; anal fin with III spines and 26 to 29 soft rays; juveniles with pelvic fins and anterior soft rays of dorsal and anal fins elongated, but pelvic fins not reaching past vertical at rear end of anal-fin base; pectoral fins shorter than head, with 17 or 18 rays; caudal fin truncate. Scales small and rough. Lateral line complete, with 46 to 50 scales. Colour in adults yellowish silvery or dusky, dark bar through eye and another bar just behind head; occasionally with a few small, scattered black spots on body;median fins yellowish, with blackmargins posteriorly; pelvic fins black. Small juveniles reddish brown, with irregular black spots and blotches and small, white (black-edged) ocelli on body; dark vermiculated bar through eye; small black spot at base of last 3 dorsal- and anal-fin rays; caudal fin transparent except for base, which is reddish brown.
habitats 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, small fishes, zooplankton, 
Distribution Widespread in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific region from theRed 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 West 
Utility Marketed fresh. The attractive juveniles are valuable in the aquarium fish trade.