Gerald Stokell

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Gerald Stokell (20 June 1890 - 10 July 1972) was a New Zealand amateur ichthyologist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stokell was born at Prebbleton, near Christchurch, New Zealand, on 20 June 1890 to Edmund Stokell and Jane (Née Pasche). He lived there for his whole life. He attended Broadfields Primary School, and was a keen trout angler.

Interest in freshwater fish[edit]


A direct man with forceful opinions, he left the Acclimatisation Society, stating:

Their sole qualification for safe-guarding the welfare of wild creatures [is] the possession of a desire to kill them.

In 1941 Stokell's smelt, Stokellia anisodon, was named after him.


Stokell died 10 July 1972 in Christchurch.


  • Freshwater fishes of New Zealand, 1955
  • Freshwater and diadromous fishes of New Zealand, 1972



  1. ^ Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand p 324