Eptatretus hexatrema (Müller, 1836)
Sixgill hagfish
Eptatretus hexatrema
photo by SFSA

Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Eptatretinae
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 400 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: known only from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Durban, South Africa.
Biology:  Commonly burrows in muddy bottoms (Ref. 27121). Feeds mostly by scavenging on dead or disabled fish (Ref. 27121).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 November 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 22.01.94
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.03.04
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 27.09.99

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