Eptatretus chinensis Kuo & Mok, 1994
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Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Eptatretinae
Max. size:  37.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range - 600 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: South China Sea.
Diagnosis:  The species has 6 pairs of gill pouches and apertures. Gill apertures in a straight line, not crowded. Eyespots prominent. Fused cusps 3/3, 8-10 unicusps each row, total cusps 46-52. Slime pores: prebranchial 15-19 + branchial 4-5 + trunk 42-45 + tail 11-14. It is distinguished from the other 3 Asian species on Eptatretus by having 6 rather than 7 or 8 pairs of gill pouches (Ref. 51420).
Biology:  Maximum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 13 November 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from the southwest of Taiwan (Ref. 51420).

Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 27.09.99
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 22.07.08

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