These tarakihi (Nemadactylus macropterus) are pictured in the Kapiti Marine Reserve off Kapiti Island (north of Wellington). Tarakihi grow up to 70 centimetres and may reach 45 years old. They are common around all of New Zealand and are highly sought after by commercial and recreational fishers. The species spawn in a small number of areas (East Cape, the north-east coast of the South Island and Fiordland). They live mainly over muddy or sandy bottoms and occasionally along reef edges.
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Photograph by Malcolm Francis
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