There are different groups in the records of Canterbury mudfish habitat. These points are related to the location within the large coastal wetlands and were before the European Spatial Planning.If you live in one of these areas, you can have a bowfin on your property.Populations are now highly fragmented and mudfish occur in small pockets of habitat. It is likely that all these have been found.
There is little, if any, unmodified habitat left, and it is difficult to say what would have hoped for mudfish. Maybe it was a boggy pools within kahikatea forests, swamps, or thick linen, or perhaps among the sedges and rushes over groundwater springs.
Today, the Canterbury mudfish can be found in a variety of places, from small springs, wetlands and willow swamps more modified habitats, such as the water races, drains and roadside farm ponds, which in principle is suitable for any aquatic habitat that is left.
What most of the habitats have in common is that the water flow is slow or absent. Aquatic plants also grows well in natural habitats, and there may be more silt than the presence of cobbles.
However, there are many habitats that seem suitable, but mudfish are not present, because they dry out too much or too many eels and other fish species.