Eptatretus alastairi Mincarone & Fernholm, 2010
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Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Eptatretinae
Max. size:  49.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 380 - 550 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia.
Diagnosis:  This species differs from all its congeners except for the western Atlantic species (E. mendozai, E. minor and E. multidens) by possessing 6 pairs of gill pouches and three-cusp multicusps on the anterior and posterior rows of cusps. It differs from E. mendozai in number of total cusps (48-56 vs. 56-61), trunk pores (50-55 vs. 48-48) and total pores (83-88 vs. 77-82; from E. minor in number of prebranchial pores (13-16 vs. 15-18), trunk pores (50-55 vs. 41-48) and total pores (83-88 vs. 74-82); and from E. multidens by its number of tail pores (11-13 vs. 15-16) and total pores (83-88 vs. 88-93) (Ref. 85052).
Biology:  Iteroparous (Ref. 94918).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 December 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 27.08.10
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.02.14

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