With a short blunt head, small eyes and large mouth the Brown mudfish has a brown coloured, flexible cigar shaped body, with indistinct markings. The dorsal has six filaments and in the case of the male the dorsal is clear, cream, pale blue or grey. This fish often grows to 10cm but is known to reach 17cm in length.
- Scientific Name: Neochanna apoda
- Habitat: Found in the wetlands, from South Taranaki southwards of North Island, and West Coast of South Island
- Threatened Species: 5. Gradual decline
- Marine Stage: No