Definition of batfish in English:

Share this entry

batfish

Pronunciation: /ˈbatfiSH/

noun (plural same or batfishes)

1A fish of tropical and temperate seas with a flattened body that is round or almost triangular when viewed from above. It typically has a hard or spiny covering.
  • Family Ogcocephalidae: several genera and species, including the southern African Halieuta fitzsimonsi.
Example sentences
  • We saw crabs, eels, batfish, unicornfish, pufferfish, boxfish, lionfish, squirrelfish, racoonfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and angelfish, to name just a few.
  • It is a relative easy, shallow dive with a maximum depth of about 45 ft, with nice hard coral formation and friendly batfish and moray eels.
  • The legs (they're pectoral fins, really) allow batfish to crawl about the seafloor.
2A deep-bodied, laterally compressed marine fish of the Indo-Pacific region that resembles an angelfish.
  • Genus Platax, family Ephippidae: several species, including the large P. pinnatus (also called angelfish).
Example sentences
  • These include the flashlight fish in the Indo-Pacific, the rosy-lipped batfish of the Galapagos and Cocos islands, and unbelievably vividly coloured Spanish dancers.
  • Unfortunately the visibility is a milky 5m, though this doesn't detract from the huge shoals of snapper and the angelfish, batfish and giant grouper that call this oasis home.
  • Soft corals sway with the current, while schools of striped and spotted groupers, angelfish, batfish and lionfish dart between them.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bat·fish

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.