There were at least six of these fish in very small section of stream I was working in. I was helping a relative of my wife clear out a lovely spring feeder stream of the Mangapiko.
These chaps were very comfortable with me approaching quite closely for the photos. They also exhibited quite a lot of chasing behaviour between one another.
The spring creek is very choked with inkweed etc, but in the two places I could get a decent look, I found healthy giant kokopu specimens. I would imagine that there were many more that I couldn't spot.
There were about four of them in a swift flowing side braid.
Inanga in Karaka Stream, Castlecliff. These were in the driftwood section after the bend, but were abundant right up to the first culvert.
Caught in small tidal creek close to beach
Heaps of them ranging in size from small to large in the streams, pretty wary of me but I managed a few shots from above.
Several in close proximity to long-finned eels in previous observation, which appeared to ignore these small fry.
Osmeriformes is an order of ray-finned fish that includes the true or freshwater smelts and allies, such as the galaxiids and noodlefishes; they are also collectively called osmeriforms. They belong to the teleost superorder Protacanthopterygii, which also includes pike and salmon, among others. The order's name means "smelt-shaped", from Osmerus (the type genus) + the standard fish order suffix "-formes". It ultimately derives from Ancient Greek osmé (ὀσμή, "pungent smell") + Latin forma ("external form"), the...