Ribaldo, Mora moro (Risso 1810)

Other Names: Common Mora, Deepsea Cod, Deep-sea Cod, Ghost Cod, Goggle-eyed Cod, Googley-eyed Cod

Ribaldo, Mora moro. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pale grey to greyish-brown cod fading to white below, with brownish flecks on the body, and large eyes. Ribaldo have large eyes, and the anal fin is deeply indented and originates at about middle of the body.

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Ribaldo, Mora moro (Risso 1810)

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Southern Australia, from off Broken Bay, New South Wales, to southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia, including Tasmania; also on the southern Lord Howe Plateau and Norfolk Ridge. Elsewhere the ; species occurs in the east Atlantic, south Indian Ocean, and south-west Pacific (New Zealand). Ribaldo are benthopelagic around sea mounts, ridges and rises. Juveniles may be pelagic.


Dorsal fin 54-59; Anal fin 18-21. 
Eyes relatively large, greater than snout length in diameter. Anal fin originating near midlength of body, deeply indented at midlength, sometimes appearing as two separate fins. Ventral light organ absent.


Feed on fishes, crustaceans, molluscs and other benthic invertebrates.


Female grow to a larger size than males, and attain reproductive maturity at about 14 years of age, while males mature at about 8 years of age. Ribalso spaen during winter and early spring. 


Although not targeted, Ribaldo are taken as incidental bycatch in Australia's Southeast and Southern Shark Fishery. The species is caught on droplines, longlines and in bottom trawls.

Species Citation

Gadus moro Risso 1810. Ichthyologie de Nice: 116. Type locality: Mediterranean Sea.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Ribaldo, Mora moro (Risso 1810)


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Cohen, D.M. 1990. Families Moridae, Muraenolepididae. pp. 346-384 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp.

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Sutton, C.P., Tracey, D.M., Andrews, A.H., Hart, A.C. & MacGibbon, D.J. 2010. Validated age and growth of ribaldo (Mora moro). New Zealand Fish. Assess. Rep. 2010/24. 26 pp.

Whitley, G.P. 1948. Studies in Ichthyology No. 13. Records of the Australian Museum 22(1): 70-94 figs 1-11 (as Mora dannevigi)

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37224002

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:440-1175 m

Fishing:Commercial fish

Habitat:Benthopelagic, seamounts, ridges

Max Size:80 cm TL

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