Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Taxonomic Structure

Kingdom: Animalia (195,267 species)
Phylum: Chordata (22,185 species)
Class: Actinopterygii (16,718 species)
Order: Tetraodontiformes (416 species)
Family: Molidae (5 species)
Genus: Mola (2 species)

Description

The scaleless body is covered with extremely thick, elastic skin. The caudal fin is replaced by a rudder-like structure called 'clavus'. 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. 4 gills, a slit behind the last; gill openings reduced to a small hole at the base of the pectoral fins. Gas bladder absent in adults. Dorsal spines: 0; dorsal soft rays: 15 to 18; anal spines: 0; anal soft rays: 14 to 17.

Other Details

Minimum Depth: 30
Maximum Depth: 480
Lenght: 333 (Total lenght)
Aquatic Layer: Pelagic
Danger: Poisonous to eat = It's poisonous when ingested (poison can exist in different parts of the organisms).
Food Chain: Carnivore

References

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase.World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (09/2009).

Saldanha, L. 1995. Fauna Submarina Atlântica (4ª edição). Publicações Europa-América, Lda. Portugal.


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