Scientific Name Parika scaber
Alternative Name(s) Creamfish, Smooth Leatherjacket, Velvet Leatherjacket
Maori Name(s) Kokiri
Typical Length 250 - 350mm
 Typical Weight
 Physical Description

The Leatherjacket has a tough leathery skin and a distinctive retractable dorsal spine, which can give the appearance of unicorn style horn.

  Location / Habitat

Leatherjacket are found right around coastal New Zealand up to depths of 100m. You will have the most luck locating this species in rocky and reefy areas.


Perhaps underrated as an eating fish, the Leatherjacket makes for delicious eating, with it’s white flesh leading to the frequent commercial name of Creamfish.

  Leatherjacket Recipes