New Zealand grayling

New Zealand grayling
New Zealand grayling
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osmeriformes
Family: Retropinnidae
Subfamily: Prototroctinae
Genus: Prototroctes
Species: P. oxyrhynchus
Binomial name
Prototroctes oxyrhynchus
Günther, 1870

The New Zealand grayling, Prototroctes oxyrhynchus, is an extinct smelt of the genus Prototroctes, which was found only in lowland rivers and streams of New Zealand. Their length was between 20 and 40 cm.


  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1996). Prototroctes oxyrhynchus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is listed as extinct
  • Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Prototroctes oxyrhynchus" in FishBase. March 2006 version.
  • NIWA June 2006
  • David Day (1981): The Doomsday Book of Animals.