Butterfish, (Odax pullus), is a kelp fish found throughout New Zealand in water of
up to 10 m deep. Most commonly found in the South Island. Adult fish are dark olive
green with a paler line along the side. Often called “greenbone” from the fact that
the bones and the flesh in contact with them are stained bright bluish-green. Usually
35-45 cm and 1-1.5 kg, can reach 60 cm in length. Butterfish are herbivorous. Young
fish migrate to deeper waters as they grow bigger and change sex from female to male
when over 35 cm long. A prime eating fish with soft, fine-flaked delicate flesh.
Butterfish carved from South Island West Coast Totara - 610mm in length.