First record of a rare sunfish, Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) from coastal waters of West Bengal, India


  • Bajkul Milani Mahavidyalaya, Kismat Bajkul, Purba Medinipur – 721655, West Bengal
  • Estuarine Biological Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Gopalpur-on-Sea, Ganjam - 721428, Odisha
  • Department of Zoology, Panskura Banamali College, Panskura – 721152, West Bengal
  • Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Digha - 721428, West Bengal
  • Marine Fish Section, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata - 700016, West Bengal



First record, Mola mola, Molidae, Sunfish, West Bengal


The rare Ocean sunfish, Mola mola (Linnaeus 1758), is reported herewith first time from West Bengal coast of India based on two specimens collected from Digha Mohona (21°37.843'N, 87°32.827'E) by using trawl nets. This forms the second sunfish species from this coast after Ranzania laevis was recorded 18 years back. Past records of this species in Indian waters also discussed.


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Ray, D., Mohapatra, A., Ghorai, M., Chandra Tudu, P., & Sekhar Mishra, S. (2019). First record of a rare sunfish, <i>Mola mola</i> (Linnaeus, 1758) from coastal waters of West Bengal, India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 119(1), 81–84.



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