New Zealand’s streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands support around 54 species of native fish including galaxiids, bullies, eels, lamprey, black flounder, torrentfish, smelt and mullet – and these are just the ones we know of that have been identified and classified! This ecosystem also provides a home for many other species, including ducks, insects and kōura.
In this activity, students use resource materials to identify the features of a variety of New Zealand freshwater species.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- use their observation skills to identify some freshwater species found in New Zealand
- use their literacy skills to identify key words and phrases about some New Zealand freshwater species
- locate the area of the freshwater habitat that each species is likely to live
- create a basic food web.
Download the Word file (see link below) for:
- background information for teachers
- student instructions.
This activity was written by Susan Rapley, a volunteer outreach educator with the North Otago Museum.