Myxini (hagfishes) > Myxiniformes
(Hagfishes) > Myxinidae
(Hagfishes) > Eptatretinae
Etymology: Eptatretus: hepta (Gr.), seven; tretos (Gr.), perforated (i.e., with holes), referring to seven gill apertures on what would later be described as Homea banksii (=E. cirrhatus) [range within genus is 6-14 pairs of gill apertures]. (See ETYFish); goslinei: In honor of John M. Gosline (1944-2016), University of British Columbia, who “pioneered” work on the biomechanics of hagfish slime. (See ETYFish).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 467 - 478 m (Ref. 123790). Deep-water
Southeast Pacific: Galapagos Is.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 123790)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished from all congeners, except E. astrolabium, E. caribbaeus, E. carlhubbsi, E. cirrhatus, E. cryptus, E. goliath, E. laurahubbsae, E. menezesi, E. strahani, by having seven pairs of gill apertures well spaced and arranged in a near straight line; differs from these seven-gilled congeners by the number of anterior unicusps 9-12 (vs. 13-17 in E. carlhubbsi, E. laurahubbsae); total cusps 47-58 (vs. 61-71 in E. carlhubbsi, 61-68 in E. laurahubbsae); total pores 65-72 (vs. 83-84 in E. astrolabium, 79-85 in E. caribbeaus, 93-110 in E. carlhubbsi, 82-91 in E. cirrhatus, 78-86 in E. cryptus, 89-95 in E. goliath, 97-105 in E. laurahubbsae, 86-94 in E. menezesi, 76-86 in E. strahani); and by having two bilaterally symmetrical nasal-sinus papillae (vs. absence of nasal sinus papillae in E. astrolabium, E. caribbeaus) (Ref. 123790).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mincarone, M.M., D. Plachetzki, C.L. McCord, T.M. Winegard, B. Fernholm, C.J. Gonzalez and D.S. Fudge, 2021. Review of the hagfishes (Myxnidae) from the Galapagos Islands, with descriptions of four new species and their phylogenetic relationships. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 192(2):453-474. (Ref. 123790)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00204 (0.00094 - 0.00446), b=2.92 (2.73 - 3.11), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100).