New Zealand fish guide.
This guide to identification of New Zealand fishes is intended for field use by non-specialists − fishers, fisheries observers, and others. Technical terms are kept to a minimum, and identification features are mostly those that can be readily observed on freshly caught specimens without dissection or microscopic examination. The guide covers 252 species from 97 families, including hagfishes, cartilaginous (chimaeras, sharks, skates, and rays) and bony teleost fishes. It includes species that are also not commonly caught. For each species there is an annotated colour image or line drawing of the fish to illustrate distinguishing features, a New Zealand distribution map, and text covering distinguishing features, colour, size, distribution, depth, similar species, biology and ecology, and references. This is the first edition of this field guide. Further editions will be published as new information accumulates.
ORGANISATION OF THE GUIDE
The guide has four main sections.
- External features of fishes. Illustrations of some of the technical terms used to identify fishes are provided as an introduction to the main identification sections.
- Guide to families. Recognising the family to which a species belongs is often the first step in identification. The family guide provides distinguishing features for each of the families covered here, plus a small image of an example species from each family.
- Guide to species. This section makes up most of the guide, and consists of detailed species accounts. Each species is described by common and scientific names and includes Distinguishing features, natural colour, maximum size, distribution, depth range biology and ecology with references to similar species.
- References, and indexes for species common and scientific names, Ministry of Fisheries three-letter reporting and research codes, and family common and scientific names.
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