Story: Coastal fish

Blue moki

Blue moki

Belonging to the same family (Latrididae) as the trumpeter (Latris lineata), the blue moki (Latridopsis ciliaris) is a large fish which grows to around 90 centimetres. They commonly live over muddy bottoms and eat crabs, other crustaceans, shellfish and worms, sucking them from the mud. The oldest blue moki live for over 30 years.

Using this item

Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand
Reference: DSCF0774
Photograph by Peter E. Smith

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Coastal fish - Fish of the open sea floor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006