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Family Molidae

Ocean Sunfishes

Large pelagic fishes with tall dorsal and anal fins.  The caudal fin is absent, replaced by the clavus, a rudder-like  extension of the dorsal and anal rays.  Feeds upon large zooplankton.  Infrequently seen underwater except for a few localities where they congregate seasonally.  Several species.  For more information visit OceanSunfish.org

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HAWAII

Mola mola

OCEAN SUNFISH

 

Ranzania laevis

SLENDER SUNFISH