Story: Coastal fish

Telescope fish (2nd of 2)

Telescope fish

Telescope fish (Mendosoma lineatum) have jaws that extend outwards. They use these to prey on plankton and small fish. Telescope fish grow to around 40 centimetres and are found mainly in southern waters from Kāpiti Island (near Wellington) to the subantarctic Auckland Islands. They often school over reefs in fast-moving groups.

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Carl Walrond, 'Coastal fish - Fish of the northern and southern rocky sea floor', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006