Story: Freshwater fish

New Zealand species

This table lists New Zealand’s 38 native fish species. The exact number varies according to the definition of a freshwater fish. The total rises to over 40 if some estuarine fish species, such as yelloweye mullet (Aldrichetta forsteri), are included in the definition.

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Source: NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Shy species, seldom seen', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007