The Eye of a Batfish-

A longfin batfish, Platax teira peers at the photographer. Because of the effect of water on light, it has fixed pupils that do not adjust to changes in the intensity of light. Compared to terrestrial an...
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Shades of a Longfin Batfish

A Longfin batfish, Platax teira, glides through the water, the obliterate vertical dark line across its eye and black pupil disguises the eye's locations. Additionally the coloring provides camouflage in wa...
Longfin Batfish Platex Teira

Longfin Batfish

The longfin batfish (Platax teira), also known as the teira batfish or longfin spadefish, is found across the Indo Pacific area. Batfish are commonly found under anchored boats and around mooring chains, se...
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Batfish Shoal

Dark shapes emerge from the underwater shadows and glide like underwater kites, curiously toward me. Each batfish slips rhythmically sideways, this way and that, fluttering ever so gracefully. Camera in han...

Batfish in Msasani Bay

A school of batfish Platax teira, residing beneath a katamaran boat in Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam. I find them there day after day, sometimes deep below in the center of a shifting silverside shoal, swervin...