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Family: Retropinnidae New Zealand smelts



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Prototroctes maraena Australian grayling Oceania 33 TL 1864
Prototroctes oxyrhynchus New Zealand grayling Oceania 22 FL 1870
Retropinna retropinna Cucumberfish Southwest Pacific 8.6 FL 1848
Retropinna semoni Australian smelt Oceania 10 TL 1895
Retropinna tasmanica Tasmanian smelt Oceania 7 TL 1920
Stokellia anisodon Stokell's smelt Southwest Pacific 7.6 FL 1941



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