Graphic: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.


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 (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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