Brown mudfish

Brown mudfish
Brown Mudfish
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Galaxiidae
Subfamily: Galaxiinae
Genus: Neochanna
Species: N. apoda
Binomial name
Neochanna apoda
Günther, 1867

The brown mudfish, Neochanna apoda, is a galaxiid of the genus Neochanna, endemic to New Zealand, where it lives on the southwest coast of North Island and on the northwest coast of the South Island. Its length is up to 15 cm, and it can live to at least 7 years.

The dorsal and anal fins of the brown mudfish are set well back before the caudal fin, nearly joining it.

It inhabits swampy areas that dry out for part of each year, where it aestivates in damp areas or under tree roots and logs until the next rains.


  1. ^ IUCN Red List, terieved 03-12-2009