Mola mola

Alternate names: ocean sunfish

Author: (Linnaeus, 1758)


General: The scaleless body is covered with thick, elastic skin. The caudal fin is replaced by a rudder-like structure. Dorsal and anal fins very high with short base. Pectorals small and rounded, directed upward. Mouth very small; teeth fused to form a parrot-like beak.

Size: Maximum length 333 cm.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Warm and temperate zones of all oceans.

Habitat description: Pelagic.

Published depth range: 30 - 480 m

Additional Information


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Citation: Mola mola ((Linnaeus, 1758)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-10-27.
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