Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Tetraodontiformes > Family: Molidae > Genus: Mola > Species: Mola mola

Ocean sunfish - Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Data Deficient (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5731

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bucanj Serbian Fishbase
Fegarópsaro Greek Fishbase
Klumpfisk Danish Fishbase
Klumpfisk Swedish Fishbase
Lua Portuguese Fishbase
Maanvis Dutch Fishbase
Mambo Romanian Fishbase
Månefisk Norwegian Fishbase
Möhkäkala Finnish Fishbase
Mola Maltese Fishbase
Mola Spanish Fishbase
Môle commun French Fishbase
Mondfisch German Fishbase
Morski mesec Slovenian Fishbase
Ocean sunfish English Fishbase
Orelhão Portuguese Fishbase
Peixe lua Spanish Fishbase
Peixe-lua Portuguese Fishbase
Pervane Turkish Fishbase
Pesce luna Italian Fishbase
Peste luna Romanian Fishbase
Pez luna Spanish Fishbase
Pixxi mola Maltese Fishbase
Pixxiluna Maltese Fishbase
Pixxitambur Maltese Fishbase
Poisson lune French Fishbase
Poisson-lune French Fishbase
Qamar Maltese Fishbase
Rolim Portuguese Fishbase
Samoglów Polish Fishbase
Sunfish English Fishbase
Tunglfiskur Icelandic Fishbase
Synonym Author
Tetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758
Aledon capensis Castelnau, 1861
Diodon mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Mola rotunda Cuvier, 1798
Orthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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