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  New Zealand Mado (Atypichthys latus)





New Zealand Mado | Atypichthys latus photo
New Zealand Mado

Image by Ian Skipworth - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



NEW ZEALAND MADO FACTS

Description
The New Zealand Mado is a silver fish with bold dark brown or black stripes. The fins are yellow. It is very similar to the Australian Mado (A. strigatus) - the main difference is the colour pattern on the back of the head and around the eye, and the number of rays in the dorsal and anal fins. The New Zealand Mado has 15 dorsal fin rays and 15-16 anal fin rays. The Australian Mado had 16 dorsal and 16-17 anal fin rays.

Size
length to 25cm

Habitat
found around rocky reefs down to at least 60m deep.

Food
Small fish act as cleaners and pick parasites from larger fish

Range
The New Zealand Mado is found in northern New Zealand, the Kermadecs, Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Kyphosidae
Genus:Atypichthys
Species:latus
Common Name:New Zealand Mado

Relatives in same Genus
  Australian Mado (A. strigatus)