from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fish, Galaxias fasciatus, of the family Galaxidæ, found in Australian waters. See
cockabully. Also sometimes applied to other fishes of the same family.
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Sixteen species of New Zealand's native freshwater fish have been recorded in the region including the threatened giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus), short-jawed kokopu (G. postvectis), and the inanga (G. maculates) whose young are considered a culinary delicacy.
Several species rare or absent from settled regions are commonplace in the South-West, e.g. giant kokopu.
Other native fish found in the region include a variety of Galaxid species such as koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) and the banded kokopu (G. fasciatua).
Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) and the Mahurangi Technical Institute (MTI) have been catching and tagging farmed rare giant kokopu, which in their infancy make up part of the group known as whitebait, to reintroduce the species to Auckland waterways.
If the trial is successful 500 lots of 1000 juvenile giant kokopu will be released into the stream to combat the declining population.
The aim is to repopulate a stream in Orewa, 40km north of Auckland, with giant kokopu.