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Whitebait is not a species but a collective term for immature fish.
There are five main species of fish that fall under the term whitebait:
The other whitebait species are Kōaro, Giant Kōkopu, Banded Kōkopu, and Shortjaw Kōkopu (all Galaxias species).
Young common smelt (Retropinna
All six species spend part of their lifecycle at sea after they emerge from eggs.
It is when they are returning to freshwater habitats as juveniles that they are collectively known as whitebait.