The ocean sunfish, or headfish (family Molidae), occurs widely in all seas, although it prefers warmer waters. Its appearance is that of a huge head with fins attached, as its body does not taper. It moves clumsily and is usually seen basking in the sun. The ocean sunfish is one of the largest of all fishes, the record weight being about one ton (900 kg). It is harpooned for sport except for the oil from its liver, it is of little value as food.
Puffers and their allies are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Tetraodontiformes.
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