Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018

(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-kokako-story-celebrating-21-years-..

Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KŌKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Banded Kokopu

Scientific Name: Galaxias fasciatus

Banded kōkopu are slender tube-shaped fish with the dorsal fin set far to the rear, near the tail. They are between 20 and 28 cms in length. Their colour is olive brown with a row of brownish vertical bands along the flanks. They don't have scales and their leathery skin is covered with a layer of mucus. They feed on the surface, mostly at night, on larvae of aquatic insects, like mosquito, and small invertebrates. On Tiritiri Matangi they have been found in the shallow pools of the forest stream at the base of the Kawerau Track (where the boardwalk starts).

A survey was conducted in October 2001 and a total of 14 banded kōkopu were counted, but in recent years, possibly due to dry conditions, they have not been seen. A comprehensive freshwater survey is planned under the Island's Biodiversity Plan 2013-2023, which should confirm their presence or absence.

Photo: Dylan van Winkel ©, Banded kōkopu on Whakau (Red Mercury) Island.