Story: Coastal fish

Red moki (1st of 3)

Red moki

This red moki (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) was photographed at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve north of Gisborne. The species is found mainly in northern New Zealand waters. They spend a lot of time in caves and crevices, only venturing into the open to feed. Their distinctive vertical bars help to camouflage them amongst vertical kelp strands. They have a varied diet, eating almost any animal on the sea floor or among the seaweed. The red moki belongs to the same family as the tarakihi, the Cheilodactylidae.

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Photograph by Jamie Quirk

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Carl Walrond, 'Coastal fish - Fish of the northern and southern rocky sea floor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006