Eptatretus nelsoni (Kuo, Huang & Mok, 1994)
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Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Eptatretinae
Max. size:  25.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 50 - 250 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: southwest Taiwan.
Diagnosis:  Gill apertures usually 5 (4-6). Slime pores: prebranchial 14-20; branchial 0; trunk 35-39; tail 6-10; total 57-67. Gill apertures nonlinear and crowded.
Biology:  A dwarf species; males develop testes at about 20 cm and a 22.4 cm female had elongated eggs; a 26.8 cm specimen had eggs 2.4 cm long; and a 24.4 cm specimen had 11 eggs about 1.5 cm long with polar caps already forming (Ref. 51420).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 13 November 2009 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 28.09.99
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 30.03.10
Checked by: Fernholm, Bo - 09.01.04

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