This week in Fish: Hagfishes - masters of defence

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 11 Nov 2011

This week we show remarkable footage of hagfish using slime as a defence mechanism.  These fishes are also active hunters.  There are some great new images, plus the first sighting of 'the' undescribed anglerfish guarding its eggs.

Broadgilled Hagfish teeth

Broadgilled Hagfish teeth
Photographer: Carl Struthers © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

New blog posts:

Amazing new hagfish behaviour (2 movies)

New movie:

Cut-throat Eel swimming

New images:

Broadgilled Hagfish teeth
Bumphead Parrotfish pharyngeal bone
Masked Threefin, Enneapterygius similis
Phil Mercurio
Saddleback Pigfish at Muiron Islands

New image galleries:

Triplefins and Threefins

New information:

The undescribed anglerfish has now been recorded from Shellharbour, New South Wales.  This is the first sighting of the species guarding its eggs.

Tags fishes, ichthyology, hagfish, slime,