25 Aug 2023

Critter of the Week: The Manaia Pygmy pipehorse

From the collecton Critter of the Week

The Manaia pygmy pipehorse, Cylix tupareomanaia, is a tiny candy cane critter unique to the coastal waters of Te Tai Tokerau Northland. The name of this pipehorse reasserts the mana of Ngātiwai who named the species Tu Pare o Manaia because of the bony crown on its head.

Manaia pygmy pipehorse

Manaia pygmy pipehorse Photo: Irene and Crispin Middleton