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Family: Ephippidae Spadefishes, batfishes and scats



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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 91 cm TL
Chaetodipterus faber (Broussonet, 1782)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Chaetodipterus faber
[Atlantic spadefish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 31 cm TL
Chaetodipterus lippei Steindachner, 1895

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Chaetodipterus lippei
[West African spadefish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 65 cm TL
Chaetodipterus zonatus (Girard, 1858)

Photo by Photo by Munson, L.
 
Chaetodipterus zonatus
[Pacific spadefish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Ephippus goreensis Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Rodrigues, N.V.
 
Ephippus goreensis
[East Atlantic African spadefish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Ephippus orbis (Bloch, 1787)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ephippus orbis
[Orbfish]



Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Parapsettus panamensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Parapsettus panamensis
[Panama spadefish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 65 cm SL
Platax batavianus Cuvier, 1831

Photo by Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Platax batavianus
[Humpback batfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Platax boersii Bleeker, 1853

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax boersii
[Golden spadefish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Platax orbicularis (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax orbicularis
[Orbicular batfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Platax pinnatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Platax pinnatus
[Dusky batfish]



Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Platax teira (Forsskål, 1775)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Platax teira
[Longfin batfish]



Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 32.5 cm SL
Proteracanthus sarissophorus (Cantor, 1849)

Photo by Photo by Chua, E.
 
Proteracanthus sarissophorus
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Western Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Rhinoprenes pentanemus Munro, 1964

Photo by Photo by CSIRO
 
Rhinoprenes pentanemus
[Threadfin scat]



Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Tripterodon orbis Playfair, 1867

Photo by Photo by Marine Science and Fisheries Centre, Muscat
 
Tripterodon orbis
[African spadefish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Zabidius novemaculeatus (McCulloch, 1916)

Photo by Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Zabidius novemaculeatus
[Ninespine batfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Chaetodipterus faber Atlantic spadefish Western Atlantic 91 TL 1782
Chaetodipterus lippei West African spadefish Eastern Atlantic 31 TL 1895
Chaetodipterus zonatus Pacific spadefish Eastern Pacific 65 TL 1858
Ephippus goreensis East Atlantic African spadefish Eastern Atlantic 30 TL 1831
Ephippus orbis Orbfish Indo-West Pacific 25 TL 1787
Parapsettus panamensis Panama spadefish Eastern Pacific 30 TL 1876
Platax batavianus Humpback batfish Indo-West Pacific 65 SL 1831
Platax boersii Golden spadefish Indo-West Pacific 40 TL 1853
Platax orbicularis Orbicular batfish Indo-Pacific 60 TL 1775
Platax pinnatus Dusky batfish Western Pacific 45 TL 1758
Platax teira Longfin batfish Indo-West Pacific 70 TL 1775
Proteracanthus sarissophorus Western Central Pacific 32.5 SL 1849
Rhinoprenes pentanemus Threadfin scat Western Pacific 15 TL 1964
Tripterodon orbis African spadefish Western Indian Ocean 75 TL 1867
Zabidius novemaculeatus Ninespine batfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL 1916



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