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Hagfish (Myxine glutinosa) fish profile

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Scientific Name Myxine glutinosa
Classified By Linnaeus, 1758
Common Name Hagfish
Class Hagfishes (Myxini)
Order Hagfishes (Myxiniformes)
Family Hagfishes (Myxinidae)
Biology Found on muddy bottoms where they hide in the mud. Slime is used for defense. Feeds chiefly on dead and dying fish of varying species by boring into the body and consuming viscera and musculature. Chiefly nocturnal. Its eggs are few in number about 19-30 and large , the horny shell has a cluster of anchor-tipped filaments at each end.
Climate Temperate
Water Temperature From - Celcius Unknown °C
Water Temperature To - Celcius Unknown °C
Depth From - meters 30 m
Depth To - meters 1200 m
Zone demersal
Distribution North Atlantic: Murmansk to the Mediterranean Sea; Greenland to USA. Absent in eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. Only hagfish in the Northeast Atlantic.
Region North Atlantic
Range 72°N - 25°N, 79°W - 41°E
Maximum Length 80.0 cm
Common Length 40 cm
Environment Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 30 - 1200 m
Vulnerability Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100)
Resilience Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec= 20-30)
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 3.45 s.e. 0.66 Based on diet studies.
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