Slender sunfish – exhibition replica

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).

Ranzania laevis found at Cove Rock, February 2014

Painted fibreglass replica of Ranzania laevis found at Cove Rock, February 2014

Not much is known about these fish. The scientific classification is:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Family: Molidae

Genus: Ranzania

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.

The red arrow indicates the site where the Slender sunfish was found by museum scientist Kevin Cole

The red arrow indicates the site where the Slender sunfish was found by museum scientist Kevin Cole

 

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