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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola mola (Linnaeus, 1758) 
AphiaID: 127405

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPisces (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorActinopterygii (Class) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodontiformes (Order) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMolidae (Family) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola (Genus)
Status accepted
Rank Species
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola Koelreuter, 1763
Synonymised
names
  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAledon capensis Castelnau, 1861
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAledon storeri Castelnau, 1861
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus brevis Shaw, 1804
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus ortagoriscus Risso, 1827
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorCephalus pallasianus Shaw, 1804
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon carinatus Mitchill, 1828
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon mola Pallas, 1770
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiodon nummularis Walbaum, 1792
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiplanchias nasus Rafinesque, 1810
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola aspera Nardo, 1827
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola hispida Nardo, 1827
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMola rotunda Cuvier, 1797
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorMolacanthus pallasii Swainson, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthagoriscus mola (misspelling)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus alexandrini Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus analis Ayres, 1859
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus blochii Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus elegans Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus ghini Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus lunaris Gronow, 1854
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus redi Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus retzii Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragoriscus rondeletti Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOrthragus luna Rafinesque, 1810
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorOzodura orsini Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPedalion gigas Guilding, 1838
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758 (synonym)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTrematopsis willugbei Ranzani, 1839
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTympanomium planci Ranzani, 1839
Sources  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]

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Vernacular
Names
 
Language   Name 
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]
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]
Environment marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Distribution 
From other sources
Bristol Channel
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorBristol Channel [from synonym] [view taxon] [details]
Canada
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorBritish Columbia [details]
Coastal Waters of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorCoastal Waters of Southeast Alaska and British Columbia [details]
Federal Republic of Somalia
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSomalia [details]
France
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorWimereux [details]
Gulf of Mexico
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of Mexico [details]
Kenya
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorKenya [details]
Madagascar
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMadagascar [details]
Mediterranean Sea - Eastern Basin
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGreek Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorIsraeli part of the Mediterranean Sea - Eastern Basin [details]
Mozambique
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMozambique [details]
North Atlantic Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorAzores Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEuropean waters (ERMS scope) [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorGulf of Maine [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorIrish Exclusive economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth West Atlantic [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorPortuguese Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorUnited Kingdom Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
North Pacific Ocean
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth Pacific [details]
South Africa
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSouth Africa (country) [details]
Tanzania
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTanzania [details]
(no group)
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorCanadian Exclusive Economic Zone [Pacific part] [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorFAO fishing area 67 [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNew Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorNorth East Pacific [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSpanish Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorSwedish Exclusive Economic Zone [details]
Host of  Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLepeophtheirus nordmanni (Milne Edwards, 1840) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPhilorthragoriscus serratus (Krøyer, 1863) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnthosoma crassum (Abildgaard, 1794) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDinemoura latifolia (Steenstrup & Lütken, 1861) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorPennella filosa (Linnaeus, 1758) (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
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 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 editorCecrops latreillii Leach, 1816 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
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 editorDinematura serrata Krøyer, 1863 [via synonym] (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorLaemargus muricatus Krøyer, 1837 (parasitic: ectoparasitic)
Links Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorEncyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMarine Life Information Network - UK 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Barcode of Life (13 barcodes) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Biodiversity Heritage Library (249 publications) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Dyntaxa 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Encyclopedia of Life 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo FishBase 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo GenBank (100 nucleotides; 70 proteins) 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo Marine Species Identification Portal 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo PESI 
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTo ITIS
Notes 
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]
Images Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editor[show unreviewed]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:127405
Taxonomic
Edit history
 
Date   action   by
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z  created  van der Land, Jacob
2008-01-15 17:27:08Z  changed  Bailly, Nicolas
  
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  Citation: Bailly, N. (2014). Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758). In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=127405 on 2014-07-29
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