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Painted moki
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Scientific classification
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Family:
Cheilodactylidae
Genus:
Cheilodactylus
Species:
C. ephippium
Binomial name
Cheilodactylus ephippium
McCulloch & Waite, 1916

The painted moki (Cheilodactylus ephippium) is a morwong, a species of fish found off southern Australia, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, and northern New Zealand including the Kermadec Islands, from shallow depths to 250 m, on rocky reef and coastal areas. Its length is up to 50 cm. Although traditionally included in the genus Cheilodactylus in family Cheilodactylidae, based on genetic and morpological analyses it belongs in the genus Morwong in family Latridae.

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