Myxine sotoi Mincarone, 2001
photo by Fischer, L.G.

Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Myxininae
Max. size:  52 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 690 - 810 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Southwest Atlantic: Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Color of live specimens pinkish red with whitish head anterior to first slime pore; whitish middorsal stripe extending from caudal finfold to about over gill apertures. Six pairs of gill pouches; a 2-cusp multicusp on both anterior and posterior sets of cusps, total cusps 38-44. Pores: prebranchial 28-38; trunk 61-73; tail 11-13; total 101-119. Ventral finfold 4-6 mm high.
Biology:  Of 30 specimens, 26 were females, 3 males, 1 hermaphrodite. Four females had large eggs about 20 x 6 mm, but none of the eggs with encapsulated anchor filaments. The species lives on the continental slope.
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 11 November 2009 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.01.02
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 09.02.07

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