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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota (CAAB) Taxon Report

Animalia (kingdom)  »  Chordata (phylum)  »  Actinopterygii (class)  »  Tetraodontiformes (order)  »  Molidae (family)

CAAB Code: 37 470001 show as JSON
Scientific Name
and Authority

Mola alexandrini   (Ranzani, 1839)

Rank: Species
CAAB category: 37 - Pisces Fishes

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Family: 37 470 Molidae (Ocean Sunfishes) - show full list
Standard Name (AS5300): Short Sunfish
Organism Type: an ocean sunfish
Synonyms: Mola ramsayi (Giglioli, 1883) [in most references prior to 2018; see Sawai et al 2018 for further details]
Mola mola [misidentifications - Waite, 1921: 198; Waite, 1923: 230-231]
Taxon lists: Current Australian list:
Commercial species list:
Standard Fish Names List:
Habitat: Pelagic, Shelf (0-200m)
Pelagic, Epipelagic (0-200m, Oceanic)
Parent Codes: 37 470902     Mola spp.
Previous Codes
(if any)
Distribution map:
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Modelled distribution shown as blue polygon (source: Australian National Fish Expert Distributions) Updated on 2012-07-24.
Occurrence locations [3] shown as red circles - View CSIRO Catch records
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Expected species depth range is from 0 to 5000 m.
Taxon Notes:Name updated from Mola ramsayi (Giglioli, 1883) after Sawai et al 2018 rediscovered the dried holotype of Mola alexandrini and demonstrated it was the senior synonym of Mola ramsayi.

Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2019-11-21
View at Atlas of Living Australia
FoA 784
View at FoA
Name status: accepted    Checked on: 2023-05-12
View at WoRMS    - also at Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (report and map of occurrences)
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