Strahan's Hagfish, Eptatretus strahani McMillan & Wisner 1984


Strahan's Hagfish, Eptatretus strahani, from off King Sound, WA

Strahan's Hagfish, Eptatretus strahani, from off King Sound, WA. Source: Michael Mincarone © Michael Mincarone. License:


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Dianne J. Bray, Eptatretus strahani in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Jul 2018, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4771

Strahan's Hagfish, Eptatretus strahani McMillan & Wisner 1984

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Distribution

Originally described from the Philippines, Strahan's Hagfish was recently reported from off Western Australia

Feeding

Hagfishes scavenge on dead or dying marine life, primarily on fishes and invertebrates, but also on marine mammals that have sunk to the ocean floor. They feed by rasping flesh with their horny teeth, often going completely inside sunken carcasses and feeding from the inside out.

Conservation

Not listed.

Etymology

Named for Dr Roanld Strahan for his work on hagfishes.

Species Citation

Eptatretus strahani McMillan & Wisner 1984, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (4) 43(16): 262, Figs. 3(4), 4, 5(11)

Type locality: South China Sea, near Lubang Islands, Philippines, 14◦00 N, 120◦18.2 E, 189 m.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

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CAAB Code:37 004004

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