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Koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis)

Kōaro (Galaxiasbrevipinnis)

The kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) favours clear, swift, flowing boulder streams and is widespread throughout New Zealand. It is also present on the Chatham, Auckland and Campbell islands, and in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The first species of galaxiid to be described, the giant kōkopu (Galaxias argenteus), was likened to the Milky Way because of its galaxy of spots – also a feature of the other species.

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - More galaxiids', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007