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Pacific hagfish

(Eptatretus stoutii)


Category: Fish



These jawless, primitive marine organisms inhabit the mesopelagic to abyssal zones of the Pacific Ocean. They are opportunistic feeders that will swarm a carcass that floats to the bottom of the sea and devour it from the inside out. Hagfish are known for the copious amounts of slime they produce when alarmed.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Myxini
Order - Myxiniformes
Family - Myxinidae
Genus - Eptatretus
Species - E. stoutii

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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