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Family: Molidae Molas or Ocean Sunfishes



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

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



Circumglobal
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Mola alexandrini (Ranzani, 1839)

Photo by Photo by Nyegaard, M.
 
Mola alexandrini
[Bumphead sunfish]



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

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



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Jawad, L.A.
 
Ranzania laevis
[Slender sunfish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Masturus lanceolatus Sharptail mola Circumglobal 337 TL 1840
Mola alexandrini Bumphead sunfish Circumglobal 300 TL 1839
Mola mola Ocean sunfish Warm and temperate zones 333 TL 1758
Mola tecta Hoodwinker ocean sunfish Widespread in the tempera 242 TL 2017
Ranzania laevis Slender sunfish Cosmopolitan. Western At 100 TL 1776



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