Meaning of inanga in English:


Pronunciation /ˈiːnaŋə/


New Zealand
  • A small edible Australasian fish which spends its first year in the sea, thereafter living mainly in fresh water. The young are caught as whitebait.

    Also called jollytail

    Galaxias maculatus, family Galaxiidae

    ‘Whatever happens, when the moment is right the mature inanga migrate downstream and spawn in grasses along river and estuary edges, covered by water at spring tides.’
    • ‘Once a year, the Mokau would run thick with the inanga, attracting people wielding huge nets - and other predators.’
    • ‘The whitebait catch consists primarily of the young of three species: inanga, koaro and banded kokopu.’