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Family: Molidae Molas or Ocean Sunfishes



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5 species (see list below)

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Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan

Circumglobal
Max. Length 337 cm TL
Masturus lanceolatus (Liénard, 1840)

Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Masturus lanceolatus
[Sharptail mola]

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.

Warm and temperate zones
Max. Length 333 cm TL
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Zuberbuhler, T.
 
Mola mola
[Ocean sunfish]

Photo by Reyes, P.

Restricted to the South P
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Mola ramsayi (Giglioli, 1883)

Photo by Reyes, P.
 
Mola ramsayi
[Southern sunfish]

Photo by Nyegaard, M.

Widespread in the tempera
Max. Length 242 cm TL
Mola tecta Nyegaard, Sawai, Gemmell, Gillum, Loneragan, Yamanoue & Stewart, 2017

Photo by Nyegaard, M.
 
Mola tecta
[Hoodwinker ocean sunfish]

Photo by Jawad, L.A.

Cosmopolitan. Western At
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Ranzania laevis (Pennant, 1776)

Photo by Jawad, L.A.
 
Ranzania laevis
[Slender sunfish]
5 Species of Family Molidae
(Molas or Ocean Sunfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1840 Masturus lanceolatus Sharptail mola Circumglobal 337 TL
1758 Mola mola Ocean sunfish Warm and temperate zones 333 TL
1883 Mola ramsayi Southern sunfish Restricted to the South P 300 TL
2017 Mola tecta Hoodwinker ocean sunfish Widespread in the tempera 242 TL
1776 Ranzania laevis Slender sunfish Cosmopolitan. Western At 100 TL



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