Inanga. Galaxias maculatus (Jenyns, ). PDF Version. S.C. Moore. Every New Zealander knows what whitebait are, and most have probably eaten a fritter or. Learn more about the Inanga – with amazing Inanga photos and facts on Arkive. Description. Small, sleek and slender, with a small head and large eyes. Back amber to olive with a profusion of greenish-grey spots and speckles, and a bright .

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Can survive in salinities up to 50 ppt. Introduced fish trout, gambusia are also thought to have reduced inanga.

Galaxias maculatus, Inanga : fisheries, gamefish, bait

Environmental Biology of Fishes Freshwater fishes of Australia. Similarly, the intestinal parasite Steganoderma szidati has been reported from this species’ Argentinian population. Share on Facebook Tweet Send email.

This method ensures that eggs and larvae are produced and that each river is galxias source of larvae. Females may produce many thousands of tiny adhesive eggs 1 mm diameter that are spawned onto on dense terrestrial vegetation either in flooded banks of streams or estuaries flooded by the high spring tides.

The pelagic larvae eventually migrate back to shore, returning to rivers and streams the following spring as unpigmented juveniles known as whitebait. Individuals mature after about one naculatus, and usually die after spawning. Their silvery belly and somewhat forked tail make them easy to distinguish from the other galaxiids except for their close relative maculatua dwarf inanga, a species restricted to some dune lakes near Dargaville.


Giant kokopu Galaxias argenteus. Migrations between marine and freshwater environments. Historically, their abundance has been greatly reduced nationwide by swamp and wetland drainage. Video of Common Galaxias stranded in pools left by high spring tides in the lower reaches of the Thurra River in Croajingolong National Park, Victoria.

Fisheries Commonly gakaxias as whitebait, the juveniles of Galaxias maculatus and other Galaxias species are the basis of a commercial and recreational fishery in New Zealand, and also in Chile and Argentina. Species Image Gallery prev next. Remarks The Common Galaxias has the largest natural distribution of any freshwater fish species. Dwarf galaxias Galaxiella pusilla.

Estuarine geomorphology and low salinity requirement for fertilisation influence spawning site location in the diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus. Common galaxias can become land-locked such as in five lakes in Northland, New Zealandfeeding and breeding in large beds of reeds.

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Adult inanga are the smallest of the five whitebait species, rarely exceeding mm in length. Adults typically migrate downstream into estuaries during high spring tides in autumn to spawn on fringing vegetation. Inanga inhabit open rivers, streams, lakes, and swamps near the coast and can often be seen shoaling in open water.

Video of Common Galaxias whitebait in New Zealand.

Retrieved 29 May Body elongate, slender; depth at vent 9. Males generally reach sexual maturity earlier and at a smaller size than females. Video of Common Galaxias embryos.

Galaxias maculatus

Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin: Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. The possible adaptive advantages of terrestrial egg deposition in some fluvial diadromous galaxiid fishes Teleostei: Sign our Guest Book. Every New Zealander knows what whitebait are, and most have probably eaten a fritter or two in their time.


Composition of the diet. Share this image — Hide sharing options. Native range All suitable habitat. Adult fish typically reach sexual maturity at one year and spawning is triggered by changes in day length and temperature.

Predation, vegetation and habitat-specific survival of terrestrial eggs of a diadromous fish, Galaxias maculatus Jenyns, Help us share the wonders of the natural world. Galaxiid species are, in general, threatened by human activities such as intensive agriculture and land change use. The sexes are separate and fertilisation is external.

New Zealand Freshwater Fishes: Inanga are one of the most widespread galaxiids. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Post-settlement migratory behaviour and growth-related costs in two diadromous fish species, Galaxias maculatus and Galaxias brevipinnis.

Restoration of the spawning habitat helps to maintain connectivity between larvae from different rivers during marine dispersal.

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Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Common galaxias have iridescent silver eyes, undersides, and gill covers, and some have an iridescent green stripe along the top of their bodies which can be intermittently seen as they swim.

Common galaxias Conservation status. Beagle, toPart 4 Fishes: