Moki Latridopsis ciliaris, New Zealand
- Moki, Australia - Trumpeter, Japan - Isuzumi
Average size 20-28 inches weighing 4.5-6.5 lbs., but can
grow up to 22 pounds. Occurs around New Zealand and southern Australia.
Blue moki has a deep compressed body, moderate sized head and mouth with
thick fleshy lips, small paired fins. Large scales. Blue-grey above, with
several dark bands, silver-grey on flanks, white below. Distributed all
around New Zealand but most common around the South Island, and from Cape
Runaway to Hawkes Bay to depths of 100 m. Taken mainly by trawling and set
nets. Caught all year round. A small resource, perhaps yielding 1000 tons
Of related species occurring in New Zealand, trumpeter is a very small
commercial resource, and copper moki is uncommon. The red moki, in the
related family Cheilodactylidae, is common but
because it is a very slow-growing species.
Its flesh is firm, suitable for most methods of cooking. Most of the catch
absorbed by local New Zealand market.
Trumpeter: Latris lineata
Copper moki: Latridopsis forsteri