Story: Freshwater fish

Whitebait

Whitebait

Whitebait are the juvenile form of five different species of galaxiid. These ones are īnanga and have just been thawed to be made into whitebait patties. Whitebait are translucent in the water, but begin to take on more colour when caught. Īnanga have dark spots on the lateral line (running the middle of their length) and the back, and tiny black mouths.

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Galaxiids: īnanga and kōkopu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11112/whitebait (accessed 18 September 2019)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007