Cape hagfish (Myxine capensis) fish profile and information / pictures of Cape hagfish - Myxine capensis

Cape hagfish (Myxine capensis) fish profile

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Scientific Name Myxine capensis
Classified By Regan, 1913
Common Name Cape hagfish
Class Hagfishes (Myxini)
Order Hagfishes (Myxiniformes)
Family Hagfishes (Myxinidae)
Biology Burrows in muddy bottoms. Feeds mostly by scavenging on dead or disabled fish.
Climate Deep-water
Water Temperature From - Celcius Unknown °C
Water Temperature To - Celcius Unknown °C
Depth From - meters 175 m
Depth To - meters 460 m
Zone bathydemersal
Distribution Southeast Atlantic: Namibia and South Africa.
Region Southeast Atlantic
Range Unknown
Maximum Length 40.0 cm
Common Length Unknown cm
Environment Marine; bathydemersal; non-migratory; depth range 175 - 460 m
Vulnerability Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100)
Resilience Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be
Threat To Humans Harmless
IUCN Red List Status Not Evaluated
Human Uses Fisheries: of no interest
Phylogenetic Diversity Index PD50 = 0.5000 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)
Trophic Level 3.38 s.e. 0.57 Based on food items.
Is kept in Aquariums False
Occurs in Marine / Salt water True
Occurs in Brackish water False
Occurs in Fresh Water False
Occurs on Reefs False