Slender Sunfish: New Species Sighted in Gibraltar

It is a local first: 15 juvenile specimens of the Slender sunfish (ranzania laevis) could be seen in Gibraltar's Ocean Village Marina for a couple of days now, so that we may list it present in our waters.

Though regarded by the FAO database as native to the Mediterranean, it is the first confirmed report of this peaceful species, locally. It is quite unusual to see them this close to the shoreline.

With a length between 22cm and 33cm the 15 specimens are still in their juvenile stages - they can grow to a maximum length of 100cm. This may also account for them still shoaling together; as adults they are solitary.