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Mola mola Giant Sunfish, Headfish, Mola Ocean Sunfish, Moonfish, Ocean Sunfish, Sunfish, Sun-fish

Mola molais commonly referred to as Giant Sunfish, Headfish, Mola Ocean Sunfish, Moonfish, Ocean Sunfish, Sunfish, Sun-fish. Difficulty in the aquarium: Not suitable for home aquaria!. Toxicity: Has a poison harmful to health.

Profilbild Urheber Alexander Semenov, Russland

Mola mola (c) by Alexander Semenov

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Mola mola 
Giant Sunfish, Headfish, Mola Ocean Sunfish, Moonfish, Ocean Sunfish, Sunfish, Sun-fish 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Tetraodontiformes (Order) > Molidae (Family) > Mola (Genus) > mola (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Eritrea, Russland, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Suriname, Djibouti, Benin, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Gambia, West Sahara, Straße von Gibralta, El Salvador, Sudan, Tunesien, Barbados, Sint Eustatius and Saba, the Black Sea, (the) Maldives, Alaska, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Arabian Sea, Argentina, Ascencion, St. Helena & Tristan da Cunha, Australia, Azores, Bakers Island, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Central Atlantic, Central Pazific, Chile, China, Christmas Islands, Circumglobal, Clipperton Island, Columbia, Comores, Congo, Cook Islands, Corea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East-Atlantic Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Eastern Pacific Ocean, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, European Coasts, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Howland Island, India, Indian Ocean, Indo Pacific, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Line Islands, Madagascar, Madeira, Malaysia, Marschall Islands, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific (Ocean), Northeast Pacific Ocean, Northern Mariana Islands, Oceanodromous, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paracel-Islands, Peru, Philippines, Phoenix Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Puerto Rico, Red Sea, Réunion , Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin / Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé e Principé, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Atlantic, South-Africa, South-Pazific, Southeast Atlantic, Spratly Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tansania, Thailand, the Andaman Sea, The Bahamas, the British Isles, the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, The Chagos Archipelago (the Chagos Islands), the Cocos Islands / Keeling Islands, the Faroe Islands, The Gulf of Guinea, the Ivory Coast, the Mediterranean Sea, the Netherlands Antilles, the Nicobar Islands, the Seychelles, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trindade and Martim Vaz, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, U.S., Wake Atoll, Wallis and Futuna, West-Atlantic Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean, Yemen 
Sea depth:
30 - 800 Meter 
up to 157.48" (400 cm) 
2300 kg 
42.8 °F - 86 °F (6°C - 30°C) 
Crabs, Crustaceans, Fish (little fishes), Jellyfish, Sea urchins, Starfishs, Zooplankton 
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Not available as offspring 
Has a poison harmful to health 
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
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Last edit:
2021-02-02 10:06:23 


This is a general hint!
Mola mola has a harmful toxin.
As a rule, animals with a harmful poison do not pose any danger in normal Aquarieaner everyday life. Read the following husbandry information and comments from aquarists who already keep Mola mola in their aquarium to get a better picture about the possible danger. However, please be careful when using Mola mola. Every human reacts differently to poisons.
If you suspect that you have come into contact with the poison, please contact your doctor or the poison emergency call.
The phone number of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide:


Mola mola, also called the moon- or sunfish, a representative of the open ocean and found in all oceans around the globe. From the edge of the Arctic Circle to South Africa, from the south coast of Australia and New Zealand to Alaska in the north, there are sightings. The only exceptions are the waters around South America, so far there are no sightings.

The name Mola mola means "milestone" and he is in the world of fishes a real milestone. With up to 4 meters in length certainly not be overlooked and yet is rarely found in the open ocean. Absolutely peaceful and yet impressive, once you get him to see, this is certainly a memorable moment.

Certainly not an aquarium fish, with his size certainly no wonder. Also in very large display aquariums it should be, if at all, rarely or not at all found.




Husbandry know-how of owners

am 31.01.11#2
Im Aquarium in Palma habe ich diesen tollen Fisch auch schon gesehen.
am 11.07.10#1
Hallo Heinz,

so selten kommt der in großen Schauaquarien gar nicht vor, ich weiß z.B. von Exemplaren in Lissabon und Valencia


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