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  • Photograph of a Hapuku
    Adult hapuku
Scientific name

Polyprion oxygeneios

  • grey with a distinctive bony ridge running horizontally along the upper edge of the gill cover ending in a blunt spine
  • body is narrow for its length
  • pointed snout
  • lower jaw protrudes well forward of the upper jaw
Family name

Polyprionidae (wreckfishes) (cods and gropers)

Family description
  • bottom-dwelling (demersal) predators
  • highly regarded food fish
  • most have small scales
  • hard to see lateral lines and usually rounded to emarginate tail fins
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 38 cm
  • combined possession limit of 5 for all cods and groupers
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information