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Adult īnanga

Adult īnanga

At around 5 centimetres long, these adult īnanga are around twice the size of the juveniles that make up most of the whitebait catch. The species is widely distributed at low elevations around New Zealand. They favour gently flowing rivers and still waters, and do not climb waterfalls.

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Galaxiids: īnanga and kōkopu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007