16 Nov 2014

New black mudfish population found

5:38 pm on 16 November 2014

A new population of the rare black mudfish has been found north of Auckland.

A native mudfish.

A native mudfish. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Auckland Council says fish enthusiasts from Auckland Zoo and the Mahurangi Technical Institute discovered the population in the Te Arai wetlands.

It is the third discovery of a population of the species in the Auckland region.

The black mudfish is a unique member of New Zealand's native fish fauna.

It can survive in wetlands during the dry summer months by burying itself in the mud.