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Mola mola

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Mola mola 
Giant Sunfish, Headfish, Mola Ocean Sunfish, Moonfish, Ocean Sunfish, Sunfish, Sun-fish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Tetraodontiformes (Order) > Molidae (Family) > Mola (Genus) > mola (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Tansania, Howland Island, Mozambique, Trindade and Martim Vaz, Iran, Russland, United States Minor Outlying Islands, the Nicobar Islands, Vietnam, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Canary Islands, Senegal, Ghana, Northern Mariana Islands, Costa Rica, Columbia, Oceanodromous, Circumglobal, the Ivory Coast, Réunion , Guadeloupe, Paracel-Islands, Suriname, Tokelau, Puerto Rico, Nauru, Benin, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten, the Netherlands Antilles, Venezuela, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, Northeast Pacific Ocean, Clipperton Island, Kiribati, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Panama, Madeira, India, Phoenix Islands, Myanmar, Barbados, Israel, Uruguay, Jordan, French Guiana, Niue, Wake Atoll, Chile, The Gulf of Guinea, Norfolk Island, Djibouti, Comores, Somalia, Pakistan, Ecuador, Line Islands, Morocco, Peru, Bakers Island, Newfoundland, Tuvalu, Yemen, Nigeria, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Gambia, North Pacific (Ocean), West Sahara, the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, Sint Eustatius and Saba, El Salvador, Cuba, Straße von Gibralta, the Faroe Islands, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Mayotte, Togo, Namibia, Tunesien, Jamaica, Cambodia, São Tomé e Principé, Wallis and Futuna, Sierra Leone, Congo, Spratly Islands, Eritrea, Southeast Atlantic, Guatemala, Alaska, Algeriet, Amerikansk Samoa, Andamanhavet, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua og Barbuda, Arabiske hav, Argentina, Australien, Azorerne, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brasilien, Britiske Jomfruøer, Britiske øer, Canada, Caribien, Cayman øerne, Centrale Atlanterhav, Centrale stillehav, Cook øerne, Dominica, Dominikanske republik, Egypten, Europæiske kyster, Fiji, Filippinerne, Fransk Polynesien, Galapagos, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Hawaii, Honduras, Indiske ocean, Indo Stillehavet, Indonesien, Japan, Johnston Atollen, Juleøerne, Kenya, Kina, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldiverne, Marshall øerne, Mauritius , Mexikanske golf, Middelhavet, Mikronesien , New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nordlige Atlanterhav, Ny Kaledonien, Palau, Papua NeuGuinea , Påskeøen, Pitcairns øgruppen, Rødehavet, Saint Kitts og Nevis, Saint Helena, Salomonøerne, Samoa, Seychellerne, Singapore, Skandinavien, Sortehavet, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent og Grenadinerne, Syd Afrika, Sydatlanten, Sydlige Stillehav, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad og Tobago, Turks og Caicos øerne, Vanuatu , Vestlige Atlanterhav, Vestlige Indiske ocean, Vestlige Stillehav, Virgin Islands, U.S., Østlige Atlanterhav, Østlige Stillehav 
Sea depth:
30 - 800 Meter 
bis zu 400cm 
2300 kg 
6°C - 30°C 
Jellyfish, Krabber, Skaldyr, Små fisk, Søpindsvin, Søstjerner, zooplankton 
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Not available as offspring 
Has a poison harmful to health 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
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Last edit:
2021-02-02 10:06:23 


This is a general hint!
Mola mola has a harmful toxin.
As a rule, animals with a harmful poison do not pose any danger in normal Aquarieaner everyday life. Read the following husbandry information and comments from aquarists who already keep Mola mola in their aquarium to get a better picture about the possible danger. However, please be careful when using Mola mola. Every human reacts differently to poisons.
If you suspect that you have come into contact with the poison, please contact your doctor or the poison emergency call.
The phone number of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide:

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Mola mola, also called the moon- or sunfish, a representative of the open ocean and found in all oceans around the globe. From the edge of the Arctic Circle to South Africa, from the south coast of Australia and New Zealand to Alaska in the north, there are sightings. The only exceptions are the waters around South America, so far there are no sightings.

The name Mola mola means "milestone" and he is in the world of fishes a real milestone. With up to 4 meters in length certainly not be overlooked and yet is rarely found in the open ocean. Absolutely peaceful and yet impressive, once you get him to see, this is certainly a memorable moment.

Certainly not an aquarium fish, with his size certainly no wonder. Also in very large display aquariums it should be, if at all, rarely or not at all found.




Husbandry know-how of owners

am 31.01.11#2
Im Aquarium in Palma habe ich diesen tollen Fisch auch schon gesehen.
am 11.07.10#1
Hallo Heinz,

so selten kommt der in großen Schauaquarien gar nicht vor, ich weiß z.B. von Exemplaren in Lissabon und Valencia


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