A previous post (28/2/2014) reported on a Slender sunfish (Ranzania laevis) having been secured for the museum collection. Unlike mammal specimens fish specimens cannot be preserved and mounted in the traditional fashion and museum colleague Greg Brett has made a splendid painted fibreglass replica of the unusual find from Cove Rock (East London).
Not much is known about these fish. The scientific classification is:
Species: R. laevis
The maximum length recorded for the species is 100cm and they can live to depths of 140 meters in sub-tropical oceanic environments. They feed on planktonic crustaceans.