Myxini (hagfishes) > Myxiniformes
(Hagfishes) > Myxinidae
(Hagfishes) > Eptatretinae
Etymology: Eptatretus: hepta (Gr.), seven; tretos (Gr.), perforated (i.e., with holes), referring to seven gill apertures on what would later be described as Homea banksii (=E. cirrhatus) [range within genus is 6-14 pairs of gill apertures]. (See ETYFish); goliath: The giant slain by David in the biblical book of Samuel, now a synonym for “giant”; at 1275 mm TL and 6.2 kg, the largest known hagfish. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 811 m (Ref. 57440). Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: off New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 127.5 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 0.00 g
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: Distinguished from its congeners by the unique combination of the following characters: 7 pairs of gill pouches; 3-cusp multicusps in anterior and posterior rows; 11-13 unicusps in anterior rows; 9 unicusps in posterior rows; 54 total cusps; 14-15 prebranchial pores; 57-58 trunk pores; 13-14 tail pores; 92 total pores; ventral finfold prominent (Ref. 57440).
Adult female holotype had dozens of small eggs, 45 X 14 mm, in the mesentery, which was attached to the body wall. The eggs did not have terminal anchor filaments and hooks (Ref. 57440).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mincarone, M.M. and A.L. Stewart, 2006. A new species of giant seven-gilled hagfish (Myxinidae: Eptatretus) from New Zealand. Copeia 2006(2):225-229. (Ref. 57440)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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