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CAAB: 37470002

Species Mola mola (Linnaeus, 1758)

Ocean Sunfish, Short Sunfish



New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Crowdy Head, NSW (31°S) to Mandurah, WA (32°32'S) and TAS, also Christmas Island; tropical, temperate, circumglobal.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Christmas Island Province (23), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)

Ecological Descriptors

Oceanic province, pelagic.

Extra Ecological Information

Occasionally coming inshore.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Sep-2020 MOLIDAE 03-Sep-2020 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (ABRS)
31-Oct-2011 MODIFIED