Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Full Name

Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common names

  • Giant sunfish eng
  • Headfish eng
  • Mola ocean sunfish eng
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Taxonomic status

Accepted species

According to

The Catalogue of Life, 3rd January 2011


Not terrestrial, Marine, Marine

Georeferenced data

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Text based distributions present in some sources.

Distribution range

  • Present in Greek Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Koukouras, A. (2010). Check-list of marine species from Greece. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Assembled in the framework of the EU FP7 PESI project.
  • Present in Irish Exclusive economic Zone Source: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. (2011). version 1.0 World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway (version of 15 March 2010).
  • Present in New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone 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.
  • Present in Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone Source: Ramos, M. (2010). IBERFAUNA. The Iberian Fauna Databank.
  • Present in Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone (Azores) Source: Borges, P.A.V., Costa, A., Cunha, R., Gabriel, R., Gonçalves, V., Martins, A.F., Melo, I., Parente, M., Raposeiro, P., Rodrigues, P., Santos, R.S., Silva, L., Vieira, P. & Vieira, V. (Eds.) (2010). A list of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores. Princípia, Oeiras, 432 pp.

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Appears in



Alegre, M., J. Lleonart and J. Veny (1992) Espècies pesqueres d'interès comercial. Nomenclatura oficial catalana.: Departament de Cultura, Generalitat Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Assadi, H. and R. Dehghani P. (1997) Atlas of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman fishes.: Iranian Fisheries Research and Training Organization, Iran.

Bauchot, M.-L. (1987) Poissons osseux.: p. 891-1421. In W. Fischer, M.L. Bauchot and M. Schneider (eds.) Fiches FAO d'identification pour les besoins de la pêche. (rev. 1). Méditerranée et mer Noire. Zone de pêche 37. Vol. II. Commission des Communautés Européennes and FAO, Rome.

Bruce, J.R., J.S. Colman and N.S. Jones (1963) Marine fauna of the Isle of Man.: Memoir No. 36. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool.

Béarez, P. (1996) Lista de los peces marinos del Ecuador continental.: Rev. Biol. Trop. 44(2):731-741.

Carl, H. (2003) Danish fish names.: Zoological Museum of Copenhagen. Unpublished.

Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (2003) Chinese aquatic germplasm resources database.:

Chirichigno, N.F. (1974) Clave para identificar los peces marinos del Peru.: Inf. Inst. Mar Perú (44):387 p.


Source information

This backbone name usage exists because it was found in another checklist at the time the backbone was built. The primary source name usage has since been removed from the portal.

Record history

This record was last modified in GBIF on Nov 3, 2014. The source was last visited by GBIF on Jul 30, 2015. It was last updated according to the publisher on Feb 8, 2013.

A record will be modified by GBIF when either the source record has been changed by the publisher, or improvements in the GBIF processing warrant an update.