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Eptatretus stoutii (Pacific hagfish; Lamperina; Hag-fish; California hagfish)

Synonyms: Bdellostoma stouti; Bdellostoma stoutii; Eptatretus stouti; Polistotrema stoutii
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Wikipedia Abstract

The Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) is a species of hagfish. It lives in the mesopelagic to abyssal Pacific ocean, near the ocean floor. It is a jawless fish, a throwback to the Paleozoic Era when fish evolved. Deep-sea diving equipment is known to have been fouled by large amounts of hagfish slime near the bottom of the ocean, extruded by the eel-like fish when they are alarmed.The hagfish is notorious for its slimy skin.
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Diet [1]  Carnivore
Water Biome [1]  Benthic

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Farallon National Wildlife Refuge IV 352 California, United States
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve 293047 British Columbia, Canada  
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Eptatretus stoutii (Pacific hagfish)[2]
Ophiodon elongatus (Lingcod)[2]
Salmo pallaryi (Salmon)[2]
Squalus mitsukurii (Spiny dogfish)[2]


Eptatretus stoutii (Pacific hagfish)[2]
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)[2]
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)[3]


Parasitized by 
Myxinidocotyle californica <Unverified Name>[4]


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; Eastern Pacific: southeastern Alaska to Bahia San Pablo, central Baja California, Mexico.; Gulf of Alaska; Mexico; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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