Red moki

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Red moki
Red Moki (Cheilodactylus spectabilis).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Cheilodactylidae
Genus: Cheilodactylus
Species: C. spectabilis
Binomial name
Cheilodactylus spectabilis

The New Zealand red moki or Australian banded morwong, Cheilodactylus spectabilis, is a morwong, a species of fish found off southern Australia and the North Island of New Zealand from depths to 50 m. Its length is up to 60 cm.

This species is territorial and remains in that territory for its lifetime, often many hundred square metres. Red Moki are also quite long lived, living up to 60 years in some individuals.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Cheilodactylus spectabilis" in FishBase. September 2011 version.
  • Cheilodactylus spectabilis, Integrated Taxonomic Information System, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8