Environment - NZ Fishes, Index

New Zealand has many different kinds of fish. Every year new ones are discovered from the vast deep sea around us. We eat fish and we sell our fish overseas. Fish are also interesting animals. Here you can discover more about them. If you want to read more about them, click on 'Classification' and search for the fishes you are interested in.
Introduction to the fishes of the New Zealand region
The commercial species, quotas and catch volumes
Interesting facts about fish, their shape, function and more
threatened species
The threatened, overexploited or endangered species and why
A systematic classification of all species with links to all details. Go here for all the fish species of NZ. (in progress)
further reading
Books and references for further study (on this page)
related chapters
/niue/fishtree.htm Fish classification of tropical fishes found in Niue with many photographs and more photos.
/enviro/habitat/rsfish.htm the fishes found in the intertidal rocky shore.
Goat Island, Kermadec Islands , Poor Knights, marine reserves with many photos of resident fish.
Photo indexes of marine species: 2003, 2004, 2005,
Various underwater images, including fish behaviour and  sting rays.
internet links
Australian Museum Fish Site  www.austmus.gov.au/fishes/links/index.htm .An excellent list of links to scientific data about fishes.
Forest and Bird sustainable fishing guide with details of many commercial species, aimed at influencing consumer choice.
Species toolkit: a search engine for millions of species, including fishes.
Fishbase: a searchable database of fishes.
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Further reading - Bibliography

Ayling, T and Cox, Geoffrey J: Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand. 1982, 1984, 1987. William Collins Publishers,Auckland

Cox, Geoffrey and Francis, Malcolm: Sharks and Rays of New Zealand. 1997. Canterbury University Press.

Francis, Malcolm P & Roger V Grace, Chris D Paulin (1987): Coastal fishes of the Kermadec Islands. NZ J Marine & Freshwater Res, 1987, Vol 21:1-13.

Francis, Malcolm P (1993): Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science (1993) Vol 47, no2: 136-170

Francis, Malcolm P (2001): Coastal fishes of New Zealand - an identification guide. 3rd ed. 2001. Reed Publ (NZ).

Hardy, Graham S, Roger V Grace, Malcolm P Francis (1980): Fishes observed at the Three Kings Islands, northern New Zealand. Rec Auckland Inst Mus. 24: 243-250.

Morton, John and Miller, Michael: The New Zealand Sea Shore.1968, 1973. Collins Auckland. (out of print)

Paulin, chris and Stewart, Andrew and Roberts, Clive and McMillan, Peter: New Zealand Fish - a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series No 19, 19 Nov 1989. Govenrment Printing Office.

For a glossary of scientific terminology, see our glossary