The ahuru (Auchenoceros punctatus) is a small deepwater fish, the only fish of the genus Auchenoceros, found on the east coast of New Zealand. Its length is about 13 centimetres.

It has a blunt snout, and a first dorsal fin reduced to a single elongate ray that overlaps the origin of the second dorsal fin.

The colour is a uniform pale pink-white. They are found over sand and mud bottoms in inshore waters around much of New Zealand.


  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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