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Recent collections of fishes at the Kermadec Islands and new records for the region

Thomas Trnski
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Clinton A.J. Duffy
Department of Conservation, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Malcolm P. Francis
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd
Mark A. McGrouther
Australian Museum, Sydney
Andrew L. Stewart
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Carl D. Struthers
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Vincent Zintzen
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Department of Conservation
16 October 2015


Five visits to the Kermadec Islands between 2004 and 2013 have increased the number of confirmed fish species from the region. The most intensive survey of shore fishes from all island groups of the Kermadec Islands was undertaken in May 2011. Additional fishes were recorded during surveys undertaken in 2004, 2012 and 2013. The main method used was rotenone, targeting cryptic fishes, supplemented by fishes collected by night lighting, hook and line fishing, gill netting, trapping, spearing and hand-collecting. A total of 114 species of coastal fishes and an additional 12 species from deeper water were collected. Four species of coastal fishes, based on voucher material, reported here are new records for the Kermadec Islands, with an additional nine species records to be reported in a forthcoming publication. Of these 13 new records for the Kermadec Islands, all but one species were also new records for the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone. In addition, 12 species of deeper shelf and upper slope fishes were collected in depths to 300 m, confirming their presence at the islands.

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Thomas Trnski, Clinton A.J. Du y, Malcolm P. Francis, Mark A. McGrouther, Andrew L. Stewart, Carl D. Struthers and Vincent Zintzen. Recent collections of shes at the Kermadec Islands and new records for the region. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 463:480.