Reproduction of Mola mola
Document source: http://fishbase.mnhn.fr/Reproduction/FishReproSummary.php?ID=1732&GenusName=Mola&SpeciesName=mola&fc=450&StockCode=1928
 
Main Ref. Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen, 1966
Mode dioecism
Fertilization external
Mating type
Spawning frequency one clear seasonal peak per year
Spawning aggregation Ref.  
Batch spawner Yes.   Ref.  Nakatsubo, T., M. Kawachi, N. Mano and H. Hirose, 2007
Reproductive guild nonguarders
open water/substratum egg scatterers
Parental Care none
Description of life cycle and mating behavior Produces very numerous and small eggs; 300 million eggs found in a 1.5 m long female (Ref. 4711). Oocytes in the ovaries develop in different stages suggesting Mola mola as a multiple spawner (Ref. 86440). This is the largest clutch estimate for this species (Ref. 53596).
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