|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)|
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.
|Lenght:||333 (Total lenght)|
|Danger:||Poisonous to eat = It's poisonous when ingested (poison can exist in different parts of the organisms).|
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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