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Amazing new hagfish behaviour

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 09 Nov 2011

Hagfishes are incredible! They can stop a would-be predator within seconds with a mouthful of slime. Ichthyologists at the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) have just published a fascinating paper on hagfish behaviour in the journal Nature.

Broadgilled Hagfish teeth

Carl Struthers © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The movies below, show hagfishes 'sliming' would-be predators to avoid being eaten, and actively hunting a bandfish. The full Nature paper can be downloaded as a pdf.

Also view footage of a hagfish exuding slime in 'Who's the slimiest fish of all'.

Tags fishes, ichthyology, hagfish, Broadgill Hagfish, Eptatretus cirrhatus, Myxinidae,