6 banded kokopu and 1 Crans bully
Night spotlighting at Karaka Stream.
Seen Otakarara Stream under Cpt 27.
Seen in pool upstream from culvert during day.
Banded kokopu seen in stream on spotlighting survey. About 15cm long. Last sighting here was in 2001, prior to logging at this block.
Seen but not caught during spotlight survey, therefore not identified. Approximately 20 cm.
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.
The Galaxiidae, also known by the anglicised name as galaxiids, are a family of mostly small freshwater fish in the southern hemisphere. The majority of species live in Australia or New Zealand, some are also found in South Africa, South America, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia and the Falkland Islands. One of the galaxiid species, the common galaxias (Galaxias maculatus), is probably the most widely naturally distributed freshwater fish in the southern hemisphere. They are cool...