Fisheries Infosite

Ribaldo Southland (RIB5)
Scientific name
Mora moro

Physical characteristics

Ribaldo has a grey-pink top and white underside with reddish fins. It is distinguishable from other cod species by it's large eyes and split anal fin. Females grow to a length of 75 cm and males to 65 cm.

Life cycle

There is very little known about Ribaldo. Samples have suggested that spawning occurs during the winter and spring months.


Ribaldo are most commonly found around the South Island, but are present throughout New Zealand. The are a deep water fish, found in depths from 400 m to 1100 m.

Key statistics
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025