Wrong! Most of our native fish species are cryptic and hard to see. Introduced fish like brown trout like to hang out in the open and are predators, but our native fish are generally small and need to hide! The best exception to this are our (usually) friendly eels that like to bask in the sun or come out looking for food from people.
Christchurch City is home to many native species, including five species of bully ⁄ toitoi, two species of migratory galaxiid (whitebait), two species of eels ⁄ tuna, Canterbury mudfish ⁄ kowaro, torrentfish ⁄ papanoko, lamprey ⁄ kanakana, flounder, smelt, mullet, koura, and freshwater mussels ⁄ kakahi.In the wider Canterbury area, there are also koaro and various species of non-migratory galaxiids.