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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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LING

Ling (Genypterus blacodes), or hokarari of the Maoris, grows up to 4 ft in length, with a weight of up to 30 lb, and looks just like a giant tadpole. The colour is reddish-purple, marbled and speckled in darker shades, and fading to pinkish below. The ling is very abundant in deep water from Cook Strait southwards. It is a good food fish, but not popular for some unaccountable reason.

by Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.

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Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.

Last updated 23-Apr-09