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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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