Shortjaw kokopu

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Shortjaw kokopu
Adult shortjaw kokopu (Galaxias postvectis), Heao Stream, Waitaanga Forest. Photo by Stella McQueen.jpg
Shortjaw Kokopu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Galaxiidae
Subfamily: Galaxiinae
Genus: Galaxias
Species: G. postvectis
Binomial name
Galaxias postvectis
F. E. Clarke, 1899
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The shortjaw kokopu (Galaxias postvectis) is a galaxiid fish, endemic to New Zealand. They are large, scaleless fish which inhabit stable pools in cascading, bouldery streams with forest cover.[2] Shortjaw kokopu are amphidromous, with the fry going to sea after hatching, and returning as juveniles to fresh water where they grow to adulthood.[2] They may grow to a maximum of 350 mm (14 in) in total length, but more commonly reach 150–200 mm (5.9–7.9 in).[2]


  1. ^ "Galaxias postvectis". IUCN Redlist. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c McDowall, R.M. (2000). The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Freshwater Fishes. Auckland: Reed. ISBN 0 7900 0725 8. 

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