Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Packhorse crayfish

Packhorse crayfish

New Zealand’s packhorse crayfish is the largest spiny lobster in the world. There is an unconfirmed report of one specimen weighing 20 kilograms and measuring almost 70 centimetres.

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Photograph by Malcolm Francis

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Kōura and karengo', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8123/packhorse-crayfish (accessed 16 June 2019)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006