Jespersen's hagfish (Myxine jespersenae) fish profile and information / pictures of Jespersen's hagfish - Myxine jespersenae

Jespersen's hagfish (Myxine jespersenae) fish profile

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Scientific Name Myxine jespersenae
Classified By M?ller, Feld, Poulsen, Thomsen & Thormar, 2005
Common Name Jespersen's hagfish
Class Hagfishes (Myxini)
Order Hagfishes (Myxiniformes)
Family Hagfishes (Myxinidae)
Biology Diagnosis: Color grayish brown with whitish head, the white extending posteriorly in a mid-ventral stripe of varying length; surrounding slime pores, PCD, gill aperture, cloaca, CFF, and VFF margins whitish. Two paired, pointed, or comb-shaped, bilaterally symmetrical nasal-sinus papillae with 2-5 distal fringes and 2 cusps in each row fused at their bases. Additional cusps in anterior rows 7-9 and posterior rows 8-10; total cusps 38-44. Pairs of gill pouches 6. Slime pores: prebranchial 28-37; trunk 65-74; tail 11-15; total 107-121. Body slender, depth over cloaca 2.9-4.3% TL; ventral finfold originates within anterior 10% of trunk; caudal finfold termination dorsally above cloaca to posterior 7% of trunk.
Climate Deep-water
Water Temperature From - Celcius 4 °C
Water Temperature To - Celcius 5 °C
Depth From - meters 752 m
Depth To - meters 1556 m
Zone benthopelagic
Distribution North Atlantic: off West Greenland, in the eastern Davis Strait. Denmark Strait, Reykjanes Ridge, and South East of Iceland. Occurs sympatrically with Myxine glutinosa, although with a rather limited overlap in vertical distribution and no documented capture of both species in the same haul or trap exists.
Region North Atlantic
Range Unknown
Maximum Length 49.8 cm
Common Length Unknown cm
Environment Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 752 - 1556 m
Vulnerability Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100)
Resilience Unknown
Threat To Humans Harmless
IUCN Red List Status Not Evaluated
Human Uses Unknown
Phylogenetic Diversity Index PD50 = 0.5000 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)
Trophic Level 3.39 s.e. 0.64 Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
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