Eptatretus bobwisneri, Bob Wisner's hagfish

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Eptatretus bobwisneri Fernholm, Norén, Kullander, Quattrini, Zintzen, Roberts, Mok & Kuo, 2013

Bob Wisner's hagfish
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Myxini (hagfishes) > Myxiniformes (Hagfishes) > Myxinidae (Hagfishes) > Eptatretinae
Etymology: Eptatretus: Greek, epta = seven + Greek, tretos, -e, -on = with holes (Ref. 45335);  bobwisneri: Named after Robert L. Wisner, for his valuable assistance with C.B. McMillan's myxinid research as well as his other contributions to ichthyology.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; non-migratory; depth range 512 - 577 m (Ref. 123790), usually - m (Ref. ).   Deep-water; 0°C -

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Southeast Pacific: known only from the Galapagos Islands (Ref. 31788).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31788); 35.6 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished from its congeners except E. gomoni, E. luzonicus, E. octatrema, E. okinoseanus by the following characters: eight pairs of gill apertures that are well-spaced and arranged in an almost straight line; teeth 3/2 multicusps pattern; total cusps 44-47 (vs. 50 in E. gomoni, 38-40 in E. octatrema); prebranchial pores 9-11 (vs. 12-13 in E. gomoni, 22-26 in E. octatrema, 13-17 in E. okinoseanus); trunk pores 43-47 (vs. 57-58 in E. gomoni, 63-68 in E. octatrema, 54-61 in E. okinoseanus); total pores 73-76 (vs. 91-93 in E. gomoni, 77-82 in E. indrambaryai, 84-88 in E. luzonicus, 104-117 in E. octatrema, 87-97 in E. okinoseanus); nasal-sinus papillae absent (vs. one single nasal-sinus papilla in E. luzonicus, two bilaterally symmetrical nasal-sinus papillae in E. octatrema) (Ref. 123790).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Copulatory organ absent. The gonads of hagfishes are situated in the peritoneal cavity. The ovary is found in the anterior portion of the gonad, and the testis is found in the posterior part. The animal becomes female if the cranial part of the gonad develops or male if the caudal part undergoes differentiation. If none develops, then the animal becomes sterile. If both anterior and posterior parts develop, then the animal becomes a functional hermaphrodite. However, hermaphroditism being characterised as functional needs to be validated by more reproduction studies (Ref. 51361 ).

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McMillan, C.B., 1999. Three new species of hagfish (Myxinidae, Eptatretus) from the Galápagos Islands. Fish. Bull. 97:110-117. (Ref. 31788)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 11 November 2009

CITES

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00204 (0.00095 - 0.00438), b=2.92 (2.73 - 3.11), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .