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Maori Name: Kahawai

Latin Name: Arripis trutta, A. xlabion

Weight: 2–3kg, up to 5kg

Length: Length: 40–55cm, reaching 65cm


Kahawai are a pelagic school fish of the Arripidae family (kahawai).

Northern kahawai (A. xylabion) was only recognised as a separate species in the 1990s. The fish are a dark bluish-green with grey spots. At 95 centimetres, they are bigger than the common kahawai. They are found in northern New Zealand waters and around the Kermadec Islands.

Wild Caught