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sun·fish / ˈsənˌfish/ • n. (pl. same or -fishes) 1. a large deep-bodied marine fish (family Molidae) of warm seas, with tall dorsal and anal fins near the rear of the body and a very short tail. Its several species include the very large ocean sunfish (Mola mola), also known as mola mola. 2. a nest-building freshwater fish native to North America and popular in aquariums. The freshwater sunfish family (Centrarchidae) also includes sport fish such as the black basses, rock bass, bluegill, and crappies.

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sunfish North American freshwater fish. A popular angler's fish, similar in appearance to perch, it has a continuous dorsal fin containing spiny and soft rays. The 30 species range in size from the blue-spotted Enneacanthus gloriosus (length: 8.9cm; 3.5in) to the large-mouth bass Micropterus salmoides (length: 81.3cm; 32in; weight: 10kg; 22lb). Family Centrarchidae.

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sunfish See CENTRARCHIDAE; MOLIDAE.

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