Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Myxini (hagfishes) > Myxiniformes
(Hagfishes) > Myxinidae
(Hagfishes) > Myxininae
Etymology: Neomyxine: Greek, neos = new + Greek, myxinos, word used by Linne, slime fish (1846) (Ref. 45335); caesiovitta: Named from the Latin caesio (blue grey) and vitta (ribbon, band), referring to the distinctive blue band along the body sides of this species (Ref. 115309).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 97 - 1198 m (Ref. 115309). Subtropical
Western Pacific: New Zealand endemic; widespread in the New Zealand region along the east coast of the North Island, from off Great Barrier Island south to Kaikoura and the Chatham Rise (Ref. 115309).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 64.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 115309)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: 161–199 total slime pores, trunk length 63.5–68.3% TL, tail length 10.9–14.0% TL, slime glands not visible under skin, body colour pale with clear lateral blue band, margin of cloaca and at least some slime pore rims blackish; differs from N. biniplicata by its trunk length (63.5–68.3 versus 55.6–61.2% TL), tail length (10.9–14.0 versus 14.4–19.3% TL), slime glands aspect (not visible under skin versus visible under the skin like a series of beads), body colour (pale with clear lateral blue band versus pink-grey), margin of cloaca colour (blackish versus whitish), and slime pores rim colour (at least some blackish versus same colour as surrounding tissues) (Ref. 115309).
Observed actively hunting a live red bandfish Cepola haastii (Ref. 115309).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Zintzen, V., C.D. Roberts, L. Shepherd, A.L. Stewart, C.D. Struther, M.J. Anderson, M. McVeagh, M. Noren and B. Fernholm, 2015. Review and phylogeny of the New Zealand hagfishes (Myxiniformes: Myxinidae), with description of three new species. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 174:363-393. (Ref. 115309)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .