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Atlantic Hagfish (Myxine glutinosa)

Atlantic Hagfish (Myxine glutinosa)

from 50.00

Common name:  Atlantic hagfish

Scientific name: Myxine glutinosa

Locations:  in deep water at the ocean floor

Seasonality:  available all year

Color:  tan, pink, grey

Size:  18”+

Collected:  deep water trapping

Quantity:  sold by the each

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See how a Hagfish moves it's body and mouthparts. This is a jawless fish related to a Sea Lamprey! We caught several and made a movie of this one.

Myxine glutinosa, also known as the hagfish, makes a slime to protect itself. See Tim get grossed out as he inspects the slime that this jawless fish secretes.

Tidepool Tim says,  “These primitive animals are from the pre-jaw era of agnathans! They are a relic of ancient times. They may be quite disgusting, but their abilities are awe-inspiring for several reasons. For example, when predators attack them, they secrete slime at a rate of 4 cups in less than a second! The slime is a mix of fibers and mucus that clog the predator’ gills every time.

Hagfish are the only animal in the kingdom with a cranium, but no spinal column. This fish is an early “chordate,” animals with notochords (or spinal column + notochord remnants, like humans). Hagfish can also escape a predator’s mouth by tying itself into a knot! The knot shape is also used to leverage their weight when feeding on a big, dead prey item.

Maybe even more amazing, hagfish hearts can beat for three hours with absolutely no oxygen, using fats instead!”