Mola tecta

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Mola tecta
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Molidae
Genus: Mola
M. tecta
Binomial name
Mola tecta
Nyegaard et al., 2017

The hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) is a newly discovered[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] The hoodwinker sunfish is larger than other species of sunfish, reaching up to ten feet in length and weighing up to two tons.[2]


To date this fish been found in waters around New Zealand, Southeast Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, South Africa, and Chile.[4][3][2]


This species preys on salps.[1]


  1. ^ a b "New Giant Ocean Sunfish Species Discovered". News Hub. New Zealand. July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Williams, Janice (2017-07-24). "New and biggest species of sunfish found in New Zealand after 130 years of searching". Newsweek. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ a b Lang, Hannah (July 2017). "Massive Two-Ton Fish Species Discovered". National Geographic.
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