Maori Name: North Island - Reperepe / South Island - Repe
Latin Name: Callorhinchus milii
Weight: 2-6kg, up to 9kg
Elephant fish belong tothe Callorhinchidae family.
Elephant fish are most common on the east cosat of the South Island to depths of 200 metres. They are similar to the species found off southern Australia, South Africa and South America
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Elephant fish are mostly caught by set net or trawl.
Females come closer inshore in spring to lay their eggs. These ar eencased in a horny brown capsule. The eggs incuabate for five to eight montyhs, and juveniles remain in shallow water for up to three years. After laying their eggs, the adults disperse and are difficult to catch. They are thought to be fast growing and short lived.