Story: Threatened species

Canterbury mudfish habitat

Canterbury mudfish habitat

Canterbury mudfish occur in lowlands from about Oxford south to the Waitaki River. They were once widespread on the Canterbury Plains, in wetlands now mostly drained. They are reduced to small populations in fragile wetland remnants such as this one at Hororātā. In 2005 the Department of Conservation ranked the mudfish as ‘nationally endangered’. The biggest threat is damage to their habitat, mainly through drainage on private land.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10056097; 10056095 (inset)
Photographs by Sjaan Chateris

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Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, 'Threatened species - What is a threatened species?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14089/canterbury-mudfish-habitat (accessed 19 January 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007