The Platax teira

21A fish with more than one name
Thin-bodied and disk shaped
But they aren’t angelfish, as some might claim

Though adults look like a spade
Juveniles are quite different
Looking more like a leaf or a blade

Reef-dwellers that keep our ocean clean
Eating turtle and dugong waste,
And seaweed other fish find obscene

Family: Ephippidae
Longfin Spadefish/Batfish (Platax teira)
©Maxine Fabroa

#BeGREENandGREAT #FaunaofPalawan #Spadefish #Batfish


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