The specimens we receive for the aquarium are almost entirely babies, or young juveniles, and as such have much potential growth to make. What starts out as a charming little baby may grow into something far less attractive. Be aware of this growth potential.
The juvenile Roundfin Batfish (platax orbicularis) mimics a dead leaf at this initial stage of its life, and in nature it can be seen laying on its side in shallow water to promote this deception.
The Red Faced Batfish (platax pinnatus) is the most spectacular of the three species of the genus that come to the hobby regularly. This juvenile phase displays an orange “border-colour” brilliantly, it will fade gradually with maturity.