Kōrero: Coastal fish

Red moki (1 o 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.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Department of Conservation
Reference: 10050583
Photograph by Jamie Quirk

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Carl Walrond, 'Coastal fish - Fish of the northern and southern rocky sea floor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8836/red-moki (accessed 2 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006