WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

127405

urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:127405

accepted
Species
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
(ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up [details]   
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription It often drifts at the surface while lying on...  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription It often drifts at the surface while lying on its side, or swims upright and so close to the surface that the dorsal fin projects above the water. Sometimes reaches depths of up to 300 m (Ref. 9317). Feeds on animal plankton, eel larvae, small deep-sea fishes; also on jellyfish, crustaceans, molluscs, and brittlestars (Ref. 4925). In Guiness Book of Records it was recorded as the heaviest bony fish and as the one with the most eggs (Ref. 6472). Also occasionally caught with encircling nets (Ref. 9119) and harpoon (Ref. 9988). Mola is the latin word for millstone. Utilized fresh and can be broiled (Ref. 9988). [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Newfoundland to Argentina  
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Newfoundland to Argentina [details]
Bailly, N. (2008). Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758). In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2017). FishBase. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=127405 on 2017-11-21

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original description  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up [details]   

original description  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766) Koelreuter, J.G. (1763). Piscium rariorum e Museo Petropolitano exceptorum descriptiones. Novi Comment. Acad. Sci. Imp. Petropol. 8:337-430. 1 pl. [details]   

basis of record van der Land, J.; Costello, M.J.; Zavodnik, D.; Santos, R.S.; Porteiro, F.M.; Bailly, N.; Eschmeyer, W.N.; Froese, R. (2001). Pisces, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 357-374 (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Robins, C.R., G.C. Ray, J. Douglass and R. Freund. 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston. 354 p. [details]   

additional source Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp., available online at http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/145561.pdf [details]   

additional source King, C.M.; Roberts, C.D.; Bell, B.D.; Fordyce, R.E.; Nicoll, R.S.; Worthy, T.H.; Paulin, C.D.; Hitchmough, R.A.; Keyes, I.W.; Baker, A.N.; Stewart, A.L.; Hiller, N.; McDowall, R.M.; Holdaway, R.N.; McPhee, R.P.; Schwarzhans, W.W.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Rust, S.; Macadie, I. (2009). Phylum Chordata: lancelets, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 431-554. [details]   

additional source McEachran, J. D. (2009). Fishes (Vertebrata: Pisces) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1223–1316 in: Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas. [details]   

additional source Liu J.Y. [Ruiyu] (ed.). (2008). Checklist of marine biota of China seas. China Science Press. 1267 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Dyntaxa. (2013). Swedish Taxonomic Database. Accessed at www.dyntaxa.se [15-01-2013]., available online at http://www.dyntaxa.se [details]   

additional source Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentius Salvius: Holmiae. ii, 824 pp., available online at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/10277#page/3/mode/1up
page(s): 334 [details]   

additional source Eschmeyer, W. N.; Fricke, R.; van der Laan, R. (eds). (2017). Catalog of Fishes: Genera, Species, References. Electronic version., available online at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp [details]   

additional source Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

additional source  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscus mola) Nijssen, H.; de Groot, S.J. (1987). De vissen van Nederland: systematische indeling, historisch overzicht, het ontstaan van de viskweek, uitheemse vissoorten, determineersleutels, beschrijvingen, afbeeldingen, literatuur, van alle in Nederlandse wateren voor komende zee- en zoetwatervissoorten [Fishes of the Netherlands: systematic classification, historical overview, origins of fish culture, non-indigenous species, determination keys, descriptions, drawings, literature references on all marine and freshwater fish species living in Dutch waters]. KNNV Uitgeverij: Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-5011-006-1. 224 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

source of synonymy  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscus mola) Nijssen, H.; de Groot, S.J. (1987). De vissen van Nederland: systematische indeling, historisch overzicht, het ontstaan van de viskweek, uitheemse vissoorten, determineersleutels, beschrijvingen, afbeeldingen, literatuur, van alle in Nederlandse wateren voor komende zee- en zoetwatervissoorten [Fishes of the Netherlands: systematic classification, historical overview, origins of fish culture, non-indigenous species, determination keys, descriptions, drawings, literature references on all marine and freshwater fish species living in Dutch waters]. KNNV Uitgeverij: Utrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-5011-006-1. 224 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766) Eschmeyer, W. N.; Fricke, R.; van der Laan, R. (eds). (2017). Catalog of Fishes: Genera, Species, References. Electronic version., available online at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp [details]   

source of synonymy  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766) Eschmeyer, W. N.; Fricke, R.; van der Laan, R. (eds). (2017). Catalog of Fishes: Genera, Species, References. Electronic version., available online at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758) Eschmeyer, W. N.; Fricke, R.; van der Laan, R. (eds). (2017). Catalog of Fishes: Genera, Species, References. Electronic version., available online at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp [details]   

source of synonymy  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758) Eschmeyer, W. N.; Fricke, R.; van der Laan, R. (eds). (2017). Catalog of Fishes: Genera, Species, References. Electronic version., available online at http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp [details]   

additional source  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon carinatus Mitchill, 1828) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon mola Pallas, 1770) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon nummularis Walbaum, 1792) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aspera Nardo, 1827) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola hispida Nardo, 1827) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola rotunda Cuvier, 1797) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorAledon capensis Castelnau, 1861) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorAledon storeri Castelnau, 1861) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus brevis Shaw, 1804) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus ortagoriscus Risso, 1827) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus pallasianus Shaw, 1804) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiplanchias nasus Rafinesque, 1810) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorMolacanthus pallasii Swainson, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus alexandrini Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus analis Ayres, 1859) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus blochii Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus elegans Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus ghini Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider, 1801) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus lunaris Gronow, 1854) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus redi Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus retzii Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus rondeletti Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragus luna Rafinesque, 1810) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOzodura orsini Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorPedalion gigas Guilding, 1838) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTrematopsis willugbei Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorTympanomium planci Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscus analis Ayres, 1859) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

basis of record  (ofChecked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus rondeletii Ranzani, 1839) Froese, R. & D. Pauly (Editors). (2017). FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. , available online at http://www.fishbase.org [details]   

context source (Deepsea) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), available online at http://www.iobis.org/ [details]   

context source (HKRMS) ERM. (1998). Fisheries resources and fishing operations in Hong Kong waters. Final report. Submitted to Agriculture & Fisheries Department, The Hong Kong SAR Government. [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription It often drifts at the surface while lying on its side, or swims upright and so close to the surface that the dorsal fin projects above the water. Sometimes reaches depths of up to 300 m (Ref. 9317). Feeds on animal plankton, eel larvae, small deep-sea fishes; also on jellyfish, crustaceans, molluscs, and brittlestars (Ref. 4925). In Guiness Book of Records it was recorded as the heaviest bony fish and as the one with the most eggs (Ref. 6472). Also occasionally caught with encircling nets (Ref. 9119) and harpoon (Ref. 9988). Mola is the latin word for millstone. Utilized fresh and can be broiled (Ref. 9988). [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDiet Feeds on fishes, mollusks, zooplankton, jellyfish, crustaceans and brittle stars [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDistribution Newfoundland to Argentina [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat nektonic [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat Found in warm and temperate seas, often drifting on the surface. [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorHabitat Known from seamounts and knolls [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorImportance Scientific- Minor commercial, considered a delicacy in Japan, Chinese medicine [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPredators Bony fishes, sharks and rays [details]

Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorReproduction external reproduction [details]
 

Host of
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnchistrocephalus microcephalus (Rudolphi, 1819) (parasitic: endoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnthosoma crassum (Abildgaard, 1794) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAscaris orthragorisci Rudolphi, 1819 [via synonym] (parasitic: endoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCaligus rapax Milne Edwards, 1840 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCecrops exiguus Wilson C.B., 1923 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCecrops latreillii Leach, 1816 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCirkennedya porlockensis Gibson & Bray, 1979 (parasitic: endoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDinematura serrata Krøyer, 1863 [via synonym] (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDinemoura latifolia (Steenstrup & Lütken, 1861) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorFloriceps saccatus Cuvier, 1817 (parasite)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLaemargus muricatus Krøyer, 1837 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLepeophtheirus hastatus Shiino, 1960 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLepeophtheirus insignis Wilson C.B., 1908 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLepeophtheirus molae Heegaard, 1962 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLepeophtheirus nordmanni (Milne Edwards, 1840) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMolicola horridus (Goodsir, 1841) (parasite)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscicola muricatus (Krøyer, 1837) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscicola wilsoni Schuurmans Stekhoven J.H. Jr & Schuurmans Stekhoven E.W., 1956 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPennella filosa (Linnaeus, 1758) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhilorthragoriscus serratus (Krøyer, 1863) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
LanguageName 
Albanian Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpeshku hënëUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpeshkahanaUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorhana  [details]
Breton Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormouldouz [from synonym]Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorloar [from synonym]  [details]
Danish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorklumpfisk  [details]
Dutch Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormaanvis  [details]
English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorsun-fishUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorsunfishUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorocean sunfish  [details]
French Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpoisson-luneUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormole communUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormôleUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormole  [details]
German Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMondfisch  [details]
Hebrew Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorדג שמש ענק  [details]
Japanese Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorマンボウ  [details]
Modern Greek (1453-) Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorΦεγγαρόψαρο  [details]
Norwegian Bokmål Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormånefisk  [details]
Norwegian Nynorsk Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormånefisk  [details]
Spanish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editormola  [details]
Swedish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorklumpfisk  [details]
Turkish Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpervane baligiUnreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorayi baligi  [details]
Welsh Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorpysgodyn haul  [details]