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Superstar sunfish seeks solace

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 29 Nov 2012

After its starring role in the 2012 Deep Oceans exhibition, the large Ocean Sunfish is on its way back to the fish collection.

Ocean Sunfish specimen

Mark McGrouther © Australian Museum

I 'bumped into it' yesterday as I turned a corner in the Research & Collections building.

The fish was waiting patiently in its cradle, albeit with a stunned look on its face.

The sunfish fans among you would instantly have noticed that the fish is missing its large dorsal and anal fins.  These have been removed and will be stored separately.

Four species of sunfishes are known from Australian waters. Specimens of each reside in the Australian Museum's Ichthyology Collection.

Tags Ocean Sunfish, Mola mola, Molidae, solace, fishes, ichthyology,