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New Zealand’s fish species

New Zealand’s fish species

This pie graph shows the geographical distribution of the more than 1,000 fish species found in New Zealand waters. Almost half the fish species found around New Zealand also occur throughout the world’s oceans. Many are oceanic species which travel widely through open waters away from land. Endemic species (found only in New Zealand) tend to be small rock-pool fish such as triplefins. Indo-West Pacific species are those found in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In New Zealand these occur mainly around the Kermadec Islands and off Northland. Many fish species found in New Zealand also occur in Australia.

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Source: Chris Paulin and others, New Zealand fish: a complete guide. Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2001

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Carl Walrond, 'Oceanic fish - New Zealand’s oceanic species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006