Slender sunfish

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Slender sunfish
Ranzania laevis2.jpg
Scientific classification
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Genus:
Ranzania

Nardo, 1840
Species:
R. laevis
Binomial name
Ranzania laevis
(Pennant, 1776)

The slender sunfish (Ranzania laevis) is a mola of the family Molidae, the only member of the genus Ranzania,[1] found globally in tropical and temperate seas. Its length is up to 1 m (3.3 ft). Several stranding and mass stranding events have been discovered on beaches near Albany, Western Australia.[2][3]

The body of this fish gives the appearance of the side view of a larger shark (an optical illusion underwater). This is most likely to ward off any would be predators.

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  1. ^ Matsuura, K. (2014): Taxonomy and systematics of tetraodontiform fishes: a review focusing primarily on progress in the period from 1980 to 2014. Ichthyological Research, 62 (1): 72-113.
  2. ^ "A Marine Rarity. Shoal of Stranded Sunfish". The West Australian. 1928.
  3. ^ "Albany Sunfish. Rare Fish Found Locally". Albany Advertiser. 1941.