Story: Coarse fish

Guppy (1st of 3)


Guppies need warm water and are popular aquarium fish. In New Zealand they have been present for many years in geothermal waters near Reporoa, in the central North Island. They may have been introduced as early as the 1920s. Guppies closely resemble gambusia and are small – females grow to 6 centimetres and males to 3 centimetres.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Marguerite Hill

How to cite this page:

Bob McDowall, 'Coarse fish - Livebearers, catfish and perch', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2016)

Full story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Nov 2008