Story: Coarse fish

Percidae features (3rd of 4)

Percidae features

Species of the perch family, Percidae, can be distinguished from other freshwater-fish families in New Zealand as they all have large, thick scales, a lateral line, two dorsal fins, and gill covers with a broad, flat spine.

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Source: R. M. McDowall, Reed field guide to New Zealand freshwater fishes. Auckland: Reed, 2000, p. 172

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Bob McDowall, 'Coarse fish - Introductions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Nov 2008