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Molva molva (Ling; European ling; Common ling)

Synonyms: Gadus molva; Gadus raptor; Lota mola; Molva linnei; Molva vulgaris
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Wikipedia Abstract

The common ling or simply the ling, Molva molva, is a large member of a family of cod-like fishes. An ocean fish whose habitat is in the Atlantic region and can be found around Iceland, Faroe Islands, British Isles, the Norse coast and occasionally around Newfoundland, the ling has a long slender body that can reach 2 metres in length; in adulthood, it is generally a deep-running fish, spending much of its life at depths of 100 m or more; younger fish are found at shallower depths.
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Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Waddensea of Schleswig-Holstein Biosphere Reserve 724639 Germany

Prey / Diet

Acartia clausi[2]
Anguilla anguilla (River eel)[2]
Calanus finmarchicus[2]
Chelidonichthys lucerna (Sapphirine gurnard)[2]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[2]
Crangon allmanni[2]
Eledone cirrhosa (Curled octopus)[2]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Gonatus fabricii (boreoatlantic armhook squid)[2]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[2]
Lycodes vahlii (Vahl's eelpout)[2]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[2]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[2]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[2]
Molva molva (Ling)[2]
Nephrops norvegicus (Norway lobster)[2]
Ophiacantha bidentata[2]
Ophiopholis aculeata (daisy brittle star)[2]
Pagurus bernhardus (Bernhard's hermit crab)[2]
Pandalus borealis (northern shrimp)[2]
Paracalanus parvus[2]
Pollachius virens (Sillock)[2]
Pseudocalanus elongatus[2]
Sardina pilchardus (European pilchard)[2]
Scomber scombrus (Split)[2]
Sepia officinalis (common or european cuttlefish)[2]
Solea solea (True sole)[2]
Thysanoessa raschii (Arctic krill)[2]
Trisopterus esmarkii (Norway pout)[2]
Trisopterus luscus (Whiting-pout)[2]
Trisopterus minutus (poor cod)[2]


Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)[2]
Conger conger (Conger)[2]
Fratercula arctica (Atlantic Puffin)[2]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Halichoerus grypus (Gray Seal)[2]
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)[2]
Lophius piscatorius (Monkfish)[2]
Lycodes vahlii (Vahl's eelpout)[2]
Molva molva (Ling)[2]
Myxine glutinosa (Atlantic hagfish)[2]
Pagophilus groenlandicus (Harp Seal)[2]
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)[2]
Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)[2]
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)[2]
Somniosus microcephalus (gray shark)[2]
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)[2]
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)[2]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis simplex[3]
Ascaris acanthocaudata <Unverified Name>[3]
Ascaris lotae <Unverified Name>[3]
Ascaris tenuissima <Unverified Name>[3]
Capillaria gracilis <Unverified Name>[3]
Contracaecum osculatum[3]
Derogenes varicus[3]
Diclidophora palmata[3]
Hemiurus levinseni[3]
Hysterothylacium rigidum <Unverified Name>[3]
Prosorhynchoides gracilescens[3]
Pseudoterranova decipiens[3]


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Baltic Sea; Belgium; Canada; Cantabrian Sea; Celtic-Biscay Shelf; Denmark; East Greenland Shelf/Sea; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; France; Galician Shelf; Germany, Fed. Rep.; Gibraltar; Greenland; Iberian Coastal; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Ireland; Isle of Man; Italy; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Morocco; Netherlands; North Sea; Northwest Atlantic: off southern Greenland and Canada. Northeast Atlantic: Barents Sea and Iceland to Morocco. Mediterranean Sea: northwestern Mediterranean only.; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Poland; Portugal; Russian Federation; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom; West Greenland Shelf;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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