Story: Freshwater fish



New Zealand’s only extinct freshwater fish is the grayling (Prototroctes oxyrhynchus). This specimen was illustrated from a catch from the Hokitika River in 1889. Its coloration is not known for certain, but the records suggest that it was variable, from this white spotted example through to ‘brightly coloured, almost a warm orange’. Most probably this was at different life stages.

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Bullies, smelt and grayling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007