Te Papa has just published a mammoth 4-volume book set describing each single fish species ever recorded in New Zealand waters. If you have the slightest interest in what is hiding under the surface of the New Zealand ocean, lakes and rivers, this is the book set for you.
Over the last 250 years, scientists worldwide have accumulated all the information that now has been edited by Te Papa, and today the project has culminated in the publication, The Fishes of New Zealand, a beautifully illustrated encyclopedia.
We’re of course excited because we spend so much time on the water, and sometimes we encounter or hear about species we’ve never seen before. Until today, there hasn’t been one definite go-to-place where you could find an answer. The books are organized so you have an easy access to find what you need.
If you’re not on the hunt for answers, nothing better than browsing through the pages on a rainy day and discover all the incredible fish that live so close by, that we are yet to meet.
The first of the four hardback volumes is an overall presentation of the research project, types of NZ fish and aquatic habitats, and most importantly: an illustrated introduction to all the different fish families. This is the starting point if you want to discover or identify any NZ fish.
From here, the journey continues through the three following volumes, where you’ll find each single fish described through photo or illustration, scientific and common names, distribution map and physical characteristics.
Plenty of entertainment for many years ahead and for generations to come! It’s strikingly convenient how the Fishes of New Zealand has been published just before Christmas, but to be fair, it would be a great present for any fisho or family that appreciate the New Zealand marine environment.
It's available from any good book store.
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $250
Extent: 2,000 pp over 4 volumes
Illustrations: All 1,250+ species photographed or illustrated
Format: 320 mm x 230 mm
Binding: 4 hardback volumes in a slipcase (11kg)