- The Humphead Batfish is a solitary species but can be found in small group or pairs in depths up to 40 m (131 ft).
- Batfish are omnivores feeding on small invertebrates & seaweed.
- The lifespan of Humphead Batfish can be up to 12 years with the average being 5.
- Juvenile Humphead Batfish are dark in colour and their long fins help them mimic swaying algae and seagrass for protection against predators.
- They are a popular viewing fish amongst snorkelers & divers. They can also be targeted by anglers.
- Main predators of Humphead Batfish include other larger predatory fish and sharks.
Recreational Fishing, Aquarium & Reef
The Humphead Batfish is popular amongst recreational snorkelers/divers, aquarium owners and anglers. They are a relatively peaceful fish living on the outer edges of reefs or near structure.
Batfish have a large range across tropical Australian waters which includes Western Australia, Northern Territory & Queensland.
Species: Platax batavianus
Humpheaded Batfish are not evaluated on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) site. However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Humphead Batfish are an average to poor table fish – lots of small bones.
Taste Rating: 2/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Fresh cut flesh baits, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Weed
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate to difficult
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 170 gallons
- Snorkeling & Scuba
Location: Outer reef