IntroductionNew Zealand has many unique native fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs. Our only native mammals are bats and marine mammals.
New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and is also home to a number of forest birds that live nowhere else on Earth.
Reptiles and frogs
The herpetofauna animal group includes reptiles and frogs. New Zealand has tuatara, geckos, skinks, and four species of native frog.
Invertebrates have no backbone or spinal column. New Zealand invertebrates include crayfish, snails, octopus, weta and coral.
Marine fish and reptiles
Find out about sharks/mangō, spotted black grouper, sea snakes, kraits and turtles.