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Eptatretus deani (Evermann & Goldsborough, 1907)
Black Hagfish
Family: tbd
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #66245)

Source: Distribution of Eptatretus deani as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 0. No true fins - one dorsal finfold, far back, median, very low, continuous with the caudal; caudal moderately broad, and round with ray-like markings; ventral finfold very low, origin somewhat posterior to last gill aperture, extending to anus (Ref. 6885). Prune colored, preserved specimens black; frequently piebald with light spots; the very edges of caudal and ventral finfolds may be light colored (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Fernholm, B. 1998 . (Ref. 31276)


Species Biology

Inhabits mud bottoms (Ref. 2850). bathydemersal; non-migratory; marine; depth range 107 - 2743 m (Ref. 31276). Deep water.

Source: FishBase. Fernholm, B. 1998 . (Ref. 31276)



Eastern Pacific: southeastern Alaska to central Baja California, Mexico.

Source: FishBase. Fernholm, B. 1998 . (Ref. 31276)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-22 9:49:11 AM]
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