Canterbury mudfish (Neochanna burrowsius) occur at low elevations in Canterbury, from about Oxford south to the southern banks of the Waitaki River. It was once widespread through the Canterbury Plains, in wetlands that are now largely drained. The species is now restricted to small populations in fragile wetland remnants. In 2003 the Department of Conservation ranked both the Canterbury and Burgundy mudfish (Neochanna heleios) as nationally endangered. The biggest threat is habitat degradation, mainly the drainage of wetlands on private land.
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