Definition of batfish in English:

batfish

Syllabification: bat·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈbatˌfiSH
 
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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
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    • 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)
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    • 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.

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