Family Molidae - Molas or Ocean Sunfishes
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  Class
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Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
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Genera : 3 | Species : 4 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  Division
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Marine
  Aquarium
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none
  First Fossil Record
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upper   Tertiary     Miocene
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
  Remark
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Distribution: worldwide in tropical to temperate seas. Mouth tiny; teeth united and beaklike (Ref. 50659). Jaws with 2 fused teeth. Each side of head with 2 tiny nostrils. Dorsal and anal fins lacking spines, but provides the power for locomotion. Caudal peduncle absent. Caudal fin, when present, a pseudocaudal fin being formed by posteriorly migrated dorsal and anal fin rays. No lateral line. No swim bladder. Vertebrae 16-18 (Ref. 245). Pelvic fins absent. Skin leathery and thick. Gill openings small, in front of pectoral fins. Gray above, silvery gray-brown on sides, paler or dusky below. Two species grow to about 3 m in length, largest to 1,500 kg. Fecundity can register an estimated 300,000,000 eggs in Mola mola. Young are spiny and differ markedly from adults. Slow-swimming, epipelagic plankton feeders; some prey on jellyfishes but also feed on algae, crustaceans and fishes (Ref. 50659).
  Etymology
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Latin, mola = millstone, by the shape of this fish ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
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nonguarders
  Typical activity level
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Euteleosteomorpha | Neoteleostei | Eurypterygia | Ctenosquamata | Acanthomorphata | Euacanthomorphacea | Percomorphaceae | Percomorpharia | Tetraodontiformes | Moloidei | Molidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Molidae as currently in FishBase

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In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 15-11-2013 (Ref. 94485).

The list ordered as follows:

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Tetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
synonymseniornew
Mola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766
synonymjuniororiginal1
Diodon mola Pallas, 1770
synonymjuniororiginal1
Diodon nummularis Walbaum, 1792
synonymjuniororiginal1
Mola rotunda Cuvier, 1797
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal1
Cephalus brevis Shaw, 1804
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Diplanchias nasus Rafinesque, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragus luna Rafinesque, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal1
Mola aspera Nardo, 1827
synonymjuniororiginal1
Mola hispida Nardo, 1827
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Diodon carinatus Mitchill, 1828
synonymjuniororiginal1
Pedalion gigas Guilding, 1838
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ozodura orsini Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
Tympanomium planci Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
Trematopsis willugbei Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus retzii Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus ghini Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus redi Ranzani, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Molacanthus pallasii Swainson, 1839
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Orthagoriscus analis Ayres, 1859
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal
Aledon storeri Castelnau, 1861
synonymjuniororiginal1
Aledon capensis Castelnau, 1861
synonymjuniororiginal1
Mola ramsayi (Giglioli, 1883)
acceptedseniornew
Orthragoriscus ramsayi Giglioli, 1883
synonymseniororiginal1
! Orthagoriscus eurypterus Philippi, 1892
synonymjuniororiginal2
synonymjuniororiginal
Ranzania laevis (Pennant, 1776)
acceptedseniornew
Ostracion laevis Pennant, 1776
synonymseniororiginal1
Tetrodon truncatus Retzius, 1785
synonymseniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus truncatus (Retzius, 1785)
synonymjuniornew
Ranzania truncata (Retzius, 1785)
synonymjuniornew
Tetraodon truncatus Retzius, 1785
synonymjuniororiginal
Diodon dimidiatus Walbaum, 1792
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragoriscus oblongus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Cephalus varius Shaw, 1804
synonymjuniororiginal1
Orthragus oblongus Rafinesque, 1810
synonymjuniororiginal1
Mola planci Nardo, 1827
synonymjuniororiginal1
Cephalus elongatus Risso, 1827
synonymjuniororiginal1
Cephalus cocherani Traill, 1832
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ranzania typus Nardo, 1840
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ostracion boops Richardson, 1845
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ranzania makua Jenkins, 1895
synonymjuniororiginal1
Masturus lanceolatus (Liénard, 1840)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Masturus lanceolata (Liénard, 1840)
synonymseniornew
Mola lanceolata (Liénard, 1840)
synonymseniornew
Mola lanceolatus (Liénard, 1840)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal1
Masturus oxyuropterus (Bleeker, 1873)
synonymjuniornew
Pseudomola lassarati Cadenat, 1959
synonymjuniororiginal1
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