A new species of mudfish, Neochanna (Teleostei

Galaxiidae), from Northern New Zealand

Nicholas Ling, Dianne M. Gleeson

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A new species of mudfish, Neochanna, is described from Northland. Neochanna heleios n.sp. is known from only three ephemeral wetland sites on the Kerikeri volcanic plateau and is abundant only at the type locality. The new species has a head resembling that of the brown mudfish, Neochanna apoda, and a caudal region resembling that of the black mudfish, Neochanna diversus. It can be distinguished from all Neochanna species in having a reduced number of principal caudal fin rays (13 or less). Morphometric and meristic comparisons with N. apoda and N. diversus are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-392
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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