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The hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) is a newly discovered sunfish species in the genus Mola belonging to the family Molidae. It is closely related to its congener, the larger and much wider known Mola mola. Discovered on a beach near Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014, it is the first species of sunfish to be identified in 130 years.
The hoodwinker sunfish is slimmer and with a sleeker adult body shape. Unlike other Mola species it lacks "lumps, bumps, or a snout" even as an adult. It is found in the Southern Hemisphere. The hoodwinker sunfish is larger than other species of sunfish, reaching up to ten feet in length and weighing up to two tons.
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- Nyegaard, M.; Sawai, E.; Gemmell, N.; Gillum, J.; Loneragan, N. R.; Yamanoue, Y.; Stewart, A. L. (2017). "Hiding in broad daylight: molecular and morphological data reveal a new ocean sunfish species (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae) that has eluded recognition". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx040.
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