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Freshwater Fish Tests

Common Bully  

Gobiomorphus cotidianus

The common bully is a native fish species that is widely distributed throughout New Zealand freshwater systems. Populations can be found in gently flowing streams in rural and urban environments as well as in coastal and inland lakes and river systems. 

The broad habitat preferences and abundance of the common bully means that this species is very relevant to assessing toxic impacts on New Zealand freshwater fish. 

Acute toxicity test methodology using juvenile fish has been adapted from Environment Canada (1990) and USEPA (1995). A flow-through chronic test method using juvenile fish has also been developed to determine long-term impacts of toxicants on the common bully.

Inanga 

Galaxias maculatus

Native Inanga in their juvenile stage are more commonly known as white bait. During migration, the fish may be exposed to varying levels of water quality. It is important to know what the impacts on native migratory fish are from discharging toxicants into a receiving water. 

The economic and cultural value of juvenile Inanga also makes this species highly relevant to assessing toxic impacts on New Zealand native freshwater fish. 

Acute and chronic toxicity testing are available using the juvenile Inanga with methodology based on Environment Canada (1990) and USEPA (1995) protocols.

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