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Masturus lanceolatus
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Masturus lanceolatus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • oval, height 2/3 lengthvery compressed
  • dorsal and anal finsvery high
  • tail fin blunt, long center point
MASTURUS

MOLAS, OCEAN SUNFISHES

Body a highly compressed oval, depth about 2/3 length; mouth tiny, a horizontal slit when closed; skin thick, tough, with small denticles; dorsal and anal fins long, curved; pectorals short, rounded; tail a short, blunt rudder, without bony ossicles on its margin, with an elongate central tip.

The genus has a single species found worldwide in tropical to warm temperate seas.


References
  • Balart , E. F. , Catro-Aguirre , J. L. and Amador-Silva, E., 2000., The first eastern Pacific report of the sharptail mola, Mola lanceolata (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae)., Calif. Fish & Game, 86(2):156-158.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Liénard, E.  ., 1840., Description d'une nouvelle espèce du genre mole (Orthagoriscus, Schn.) découverte à l'île Maurice., Rev. Zool., 3:291-292.

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