plate fish

Scientific name Bothus lunatus
Descriptor Linné
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Bothidae
Genus Bothus
Bothus lunatus Bothus lunatus


Bothus lunatus, commonly known as plate fish, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the plate fish ?

The plate fish measures around 35 cm. The dominant males can however reach 46 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu, marron and gris body. The also has bleu tasks.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The plate fish is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The plate fish is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The plate fish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The plate fish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Benoit Chartrer


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