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Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) <!--개복치-->
Subject: Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
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Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)

Ocean sunfish floats serenely in midwater. Mola mola.

Image ID: nur00003, National Undersearch Research Program (NURP) Collection
Location: Tropical Atlantic Ocean, Florida.
Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP)

Photo Source:
The NOAA Photo Library -
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) -
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The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. The ocean sunfish is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. Mola mola resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally.

Scientific Name: Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Names: Ocean Sunfish, Giant Sunfish, Headfish, Common Mola, Moonfish, Sunfish, Sun-fish
[French] Môle, Môle Commun, Poisson-lune, Poisson Lune
[Spanish] Mola, Peixe Lua, Pez Cabeza, Pez Luna, Pez Sol
Tetraodon mola Linnaeus, 1758
Molacanthus pallasii Swainson, 1839
Orthragoriscus retzii Ranzani, 1839
Diodon mola Pallas, 1770
Diodon carinatus Mitchill, 1828
Mola rotunda Cuvier, 1797
Mola aculeata Koelreuter, 1766
Orthragus luna Rafinesque, 1810
Ozodura orsini Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus lunaris Gronow in Gray, 1854
Pedalion capensis Castelnau, 1861
Orthragoriscus blochii Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus fasciatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Trematopsis willugbei Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus alexandrini Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus rondeletii Ranzani, 1839
Orthragoriscus redi Ranzani, 1839
Orthagoriscus analis Ayres, 1859
Orthragoriscus ghini Ranzani, 1839
Aledon storeri Castelnau, 1861
Mola hispida Nardo, 1827
Cephalus pallasianus Shaw, 1804
Cephalus ortagoriscus Risso, 1827
Diodon nummularis Walbaum, 1792
Orthragoriscus elegans Ranzani, 1839
Pedalion gigas Guilding in Swainson, 1838
Tympanomium planci Ranzani, 1839
Cephalus brevis Shaw, 1804
Mola aspera Nardo, 1827
Orthragoriscus hispidus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Diplanchias nasus Rafinesque, 1810

ocean sunfish
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