Te tautohu i ngā momo kīrehe, tupu hoki o Tāmaki Makaurau
Identifying species of Tāmaki Makaurau
This suite of resources and tools will help you identify and learn about the fauna and flora of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Tāmaki Makaurau is home to a range of native plant and animal species, some of which are unique to our region. Discover these with the great online tools and documents below.
As our knowledge of species increases so does our ability to adequately protect and restore habitat for Tāmaki Makaurau's unique biodiversity.
Start with these resources
New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Search the plant information database for information about plant species.
New Zealand Birds Online
A searchable encyclopedia of the birds of Aotearoa / New Zealand. Explore the site to read expert-written texts, listen to sound files of bird calls, and browse more than 8700 photographs.
Birds and bats
Identify footprints left by shorebirds and their common predators using an online reference guide.
New Zealand ebird
A tool for reporting bird sightings in Aotearoa / New Zealand and around the world. Explore the latest bird sightings and join the birding community.
Garden Bird Survey
The Garden Bird Survey is a citizen science project that helps students discover and learn more about New Zealand’s garden birds.
Garden bird identification
A handy tool from Landcare research to help you quickly identify common garden bird species
Long-tailed bat fact sheet
Find out about long tail bats, their behavior, habitat and how to monitor them
Coastal birds of Auckland
Auckland parks poster of birds found in the harbours and estuaries of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Reptiles and frogs
New Zealand reptile and frog distribution
Search the herpetofauna database on the DOC website and learn about how to report sightings.
A website dedicated to frog research and conservation in Aotearoa / New Zealand. You will also find educational resources for kids and teachers.
The conservation status of New Zealand reptiles
DOC's comprehensive report on the conservation status of all known Aotearoa / New Zealand reptile taxa from 2015.
State of our frogs
The Ministry for the Environments report on the state of Aotearoa / New Zealand frogs from the State of the Environment 1997 report.
How to create a lizard friendly garden
A how-to guide on creating safe and appropriate habitat for Aotearoa / New Zealand lizards.
Lizards, Te Ara
An overview of Aotearoa / New Zealand lizard populations from the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Physiology, history, habitat and conservation management of lizards is explored.
Frogs, Te Ara
An overview of native and exotic frog populations from the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Their behaviour, physiology, habitat, threats and current conservation practices are explored.
Lizards alive in your garden
A brochure of some of the native gecko and skink species you may come across in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and how you can improve and increase suitable native lizard habitat.
Lichens, fungi and bacteria
The fungal guide
The fungal guide provides non-specialist field like information on common macrofungi (including mushrooms) of Aotearoa / New Zealand.
The virtual Mycota
The virtual Mycota provides an interface to descriptions and images of Aotearoa / New Zealand's fungi, data also available through NZFungi - the New Zealand fungi and bacteria database.
Conservation status indigenous lichens and lichenicolous fungi
DOC's comprehensive report from 2018.
New Zealand lichens and their habitats
A summary of Aotearoa / New Zealand lichen and their various habitats from 1969.
The Hidden Forest website
A comprehensive guide to fungi (including mushrooms) in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's lowland and coastal areas. It also includes information on lichen, bryophytes, primitive plants and slime moulds.
The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network introduction to fungi (including mushrooms) in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
NZFungi - the New Zealand fungi and bacteria database
A database providing access to an up to date catalogue of the fungi, mushrooms, plant pathogenic bacteria and plant viruses reported in Aotearoa / New Zealand, together with nomenclatural, bibliographic and descriptive information on those organisms.
A search tool for pest plants and animals with information on habitat, threats and control methods.
Introduction to plant life in New Zealand
NZPCN Plant Conservation Training Module 1 emphasises the importance of plant conservation in Aotearoa / New Zealand. It also provides an introduction to plant communities and an overview of plant physiology.
The New Zealand Plants website
Auckland Universities guide to plants of Aotearoa / New Zealand including descriptions and photos of native plants plus further reading and 3D animation resources.
New Zealand indigenous and naturalised plant lists
A comprehensive list Aotearoa / New Zealand indigenous vascular flora.
Plant identification and interactive keys
Landcare Research's collection of guides and keys for flowering plants, grasses, weeds and more.
New Zealand rushes: field identification guide
Use this field guide to help you identify rushes (Juncus) to species level.
Macrophytes ID guides
NIWA's guides to Macrophytes, plants that live in or near water, in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
The Weedbusters weed list
Search for weeds species, learn how to identify and understand why they are a problem and how to control each weed.
Freshwater algae guides
NIWA's useful guides to identifying freshwater algae in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Plants only found in Auckland
Plants are described as “endemic” to an area when they are only found in that area. There are 11 plants which are endemic to the Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau region.
Conservation Status of Vascular Plant Species in Auckland
The conservation status of all known indigenous vascular plant taxa in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.
Native ferns of Auckland
Auckland parks poster of fern species found in the ngahere of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Freshwater pest species of New Zealand
Information on pest freshwater fish, invertebrates and plants in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Information about what central government is doing to prevent the spread of freshwater pests and diseases.
Atlas of New Zealand freshwater fish species
NIWA's detailed overview of freshwater fish species in Aotearoa / New Zealand, including species lists, factsheets and identification tools.
Freshwater fish (native)
DOC's summary of 51 species of freshwater fish native to Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Freshwater fish of New Zealand
An educational resource that outlines the conservation status and threats facing our freshwater fish.
Insects and freshwater invertebrates
Why invertebrates are important
Understand the important role invertebrates play in our native forest.
What is this bug?
A collection of guides to help you identify insects, including bees, wasps, ants, beetles, moths and freshwater invertebrates.
An overview of research relating to invertebrate in Aotearoa / New Zealand including introduced invasive insects. You can also find a series of guides, fact sheets, image collections and databases.
Explore stories about insects and other invertebrates
A overview of insects in Aotearoa / New Zealand on Te Ara, Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Guide to New Zealand soil invertebrates
A Massey University study of Aotearoa / New Zealand soil and litter invertebrates, their diversity, biology, ecosystem role and conservation status.
Wai Care invertebrate field guide
A guide to assist with the classification of freshwater habitat and identification of invertebrates when monitoring Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland streams.
Invertebrate ID guides
NIWA's collection of checklists and quick guides to help you identify macroinvertebrate species associated with the freshwater environment.
The nature of Auckland lowland stream invertebrates, and effects of urban development
A paper by Landcare Research on macroinvertebrate communities in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland streams.
Learn about the rich and diverse communities of marine mammals found in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Explore stories about sea life
An introduction to the many life forms that occupy Aotearoa / New Zealand's waters.
New Zealand Fishes Volume 1: A field guide to common species caught by bottom and midwater fishing
A comprehensive documentation of species of fish commonly found in Aotearoa / New Zealand's coastal waters.
Marine fish and reptiles
Find out about mangō (sharks), spotted black grouper, sea snakes, kraits and turtles.