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Giant Kōkopu Galaxias argenteus

Endemic. A risk declining.

This is the largest member of its family with specimens of over 450 mm in length have been reported This is rare with fish in the range of 200–300 mm being more common.

 

It was the first of its genus (family) to be discovered and the whole group was given the name Galaxias because of the profusion of spots  on the adults giving the appearance of stars in the galaxy.

Only found in low numbers in the whitebait catch, they can live in land-locked bodies of water such as lakes, and in streams where water-flow is slow and ample overhanging vegetation for shelter. 

They are mainly nocturnal in habit and feed on a variety insects and other aquatic life. More information on this interesting species can be found here.

Their current threat status is at risk - declining.

 

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