Hagfish (Myxine glutinosa)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded all around Britain and expected off the coasts of Ireland.
HabitatThe hagfish is a demersal species that can usually be found on muddy bottoms hiding in the mud, potentially down to depths of over 1000 m.
- Smooth, slender, eel-like species up to 80 cm in length.
- Single finfold running around the posterior part of the body.
- Single gill pore.
- Lipless star-shaped mouth.
- Two barbels either side of the mouth and four around the nasal region.
Additional informationMyxine glutinosa is a scavenger feeding mainly on dead fish. It is completely blind and finds its food by its greatly specialized olfactory sense. It has a peculiar habit of pouring out slime, from mucus sacs near the abdomen, in disproportionate quantities to its size (Jørgensen et al., 1998).
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Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
Jørgensen, J.M., Lomholt, J.P., Weber, R.E. & Malte, H. (eds.), 1998. The Biology of Hagfishes. London, Chapman & Hall.
Shelton, R.G.J., 1978. On the feeding of the hagfish Myxine glutinosa in the North Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 58, 81-86
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008