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The Fishes of New Zealand
Nov 26th, 2015 at 11:09am
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The Fishes of New Zealand


Edited by Clive D Roberts, Andrew L Stewart, and Carl D Struthers
The most comprehensive reference to the fishes of New Zealand ever published – definitive and completely illustrated.

Following decades of scientific work by Te Papa scientists in partnership with NIWA, Te Papa Press is launching the landmark research project The Fishes of New Zealand.
The Fishes of New Zealand is the first attempt to comprehensively catalogue New Zealand’s aquafauna since the nineteenth century. This landmark publication will be an indispensable reference for researchers, conservationists, professional and recreational fishers, and anyone interested in the unique aquatic biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
“This work is a scientific achievement of national and international significance, and sets a new benchmark in scientific publishing in New Zealand,” says Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis.
“The Fishes of New Zealand reflects the best of New Zealand science, in a field where New Zealand leads the world. It will become the standard reference guide, recognised and referred to around the globe, and is a true testament to the research work that goes on within Te Papa.”
The Fishes of New Zealand reveals the history, diversity, and biogeography of the region’s rich freshwater and ocean life across New Zealand’s vast aquatic environments. The scientific
work provides baseline information that is crucial to the good stewardship of New Zealand’s marine realm, one of our most important natural assets, and the sustainable use of our fisheries.
“The significance of this hugely important publication can’t be underestimated. It substantially advances our knowledge and understanding of the extraordinary range of fish found in New Zealand waters,” says NIWA Chief Executive John Morgan.
“Research begins with accurate identification. Armed with the kind of information these volumes provide, scientists can undertake research that better equips us to manage the vast biodiversity of our marine resource.”
“NIWA is proud to be a part of this important collaborative publishing achievement, and I congratulate the authors, editors and publishers on an outstanding publication,” says Mr Morgan.
Featuring diagnostic, taxonomic, distribution and biological detail of each fish species, the work is also accompanied by richly produced photographs, maps, and hand-drawn illustrations.
Te Papa Press publisher Claire Murdoch says “The research value of this book (Te Papa Press’s biggest ever!) is beyond doubt – but so too is its collectability, its bach-worthiness, and its cultural importance to all of us on these islands of Aotearoa.”
The Fishes of New Zealand by the numbers:
- Weighing in at 11 kilograms, this encyclopedic, four-volume reference set is the culmination of more than 20 years of international collaboration and research.
- The 2,008-page set describes for the first time ever all 1,262 known New Zealand fish species, across 245 families found in New Zealand waters, including more than 140 species new to the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone.
- Richly illustrated throughout, there are over 800 colour species photographs, 450 hand-drawn species illustrations, over 1,000 other illustrations of fish and characters for identification, and distribution maps for every species.

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