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); poicilus: From the Greek poikilos, mottled or varicolored, referring to its distinctive mottled color pattern. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 110 - 842 m (Ref. 115309). Deep-water
Western Pacific: endemic to the Three Kings Islands of New Zealand (Ref. 115309).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 92.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 115309)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: 8 pairs of gill pouches and gill openings, strongly mottled with pale brown, dark brown, and white-beige body colour, 3/3 multicusps, and 77–86 total slime pores; distinguished from all other myxinids except Eptatretus gomoni, Eptatretus luzonicus, Eptatretus indrambaryai, Eptatretus okinoseanus, and Eptatretus octatrema by having 8 gill pouches associated with 8 branchial openings; differs from those 5 Indo-Pacific species by having 3-cusp multicusps on the posterior row of teeth (versus 2-cusp multicusps). (Ref. 115309).
From observations of baited videos, this hagfish is much less active feeding on the bait, and is less inclined to produce slime; possible that the colour pattern of this species
offers good camouflage in deep-sea reefs or habitats
composed of sand patches over hard substrate, which
was also abundant in the Three Kings area (Ref. 115309).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Zintzen, V., C.D. Roberts, L. Shepherd, A.L. Stewart, C.D. Struther, M.J. Anderson, M. McVeagh, M. Noren and B. Fernholm, 2015. Review and phylogeny of the New Zealand hagfishes (Myxiniformes: Myxinidae), with description of three new species. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 174:363-393. (Ref. 115309)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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