Story: Freshwater fish

Typical habitats

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Banded kōkopu are found mostly in pools in small, cool streams, often in podocarp–broadleaf forest.

Canterbury mudfish live in weedy springs and around wetland margins.

Kōaro are widespread and live in varied habitats. They favour clear-running streams that flow over pebbles.

Upland bullies are found in many different habitats, including large gravelly rivers.

Fish photographs supplied by Stephen Moore, Taranaki Regional Council

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Shy species, seldom seen', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/11102/typical-habitats (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007