New Zealand smelt

New Zealand smelt
New Zealand smelt
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Retropinnidae
Genus: Retropinna
Species: R. retropinna
Binomial name
Retropinna retropinna
(Richardson, 1848)

The New Zealand smelt, New Zealand common smelt, or New Zealand cucumber fish, Retropinna retropinna, is a smelt of the family Retropinnidae, found only in New Zealand at shallow depths in estuaries and rivers. Their length is between 8 and 13 cm.