Latest Galaxiidae Stories
By DYKES, Mervyn Northern whitebaiters opened the new season yesterday to a reminder that two adult forms of the delicacy have been listed as threatened species by the Department of Conservation. One, the giant kokupu, has been given a similar threat ranking to brown kiwi.
By ROOKES, Felicity WHITEBAITERS will hit the rivers and streams today as the season officially opens in Taranaki -- though some have made an early start.
A rare and threatened native fish has been found thriving in a stream near Levin. A total of 27 giant kokopu were found during a Horizons Regional Council survey of fish in a small section of a stream between Kawiu Road and Lake Horowhenua.
The Galaxiids are a family of mostly small freshwater fish. Representatives occur throughout the southern hemisphere, including South Africa, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia and the Falkland Islands. One species of Galaxiid, Galaxias maculatus is probably the most widely naturally distributed freshwater fish in the world. They are cool water species, found in temperate latitudes, with only one species known from sub-tropical habitat (McDowall, 2006)....
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