Eptatretus luzonicus Fernholm, Norén, Kullander, Quattrini, Zintzen, Roberts, Mok & Kuo, 2013
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Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Eptatretinae
Max. size:  37.3 cm TL (male/unsexed); 56.3 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 563 - 710 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Pacific: known only from the type locality in the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  This species can be distinguished from its known congeners by the following set of characters: gill pouches 8 pairs; 3-cusp multicusps on the anterior sets and 2-cusp multicusps on the posterior sets of cusps; total cusps 47-51; prebranchial pores 13-15; trunk pores 49-55; total pores 84-88; a single nasal-sinus papilla in the middorsal surface of the nasal sinus (Ref. 95645).
Biology:  The holotype was collected from the type locality over green muddy bottom at bottom temperature of 6.8°C, surface water temperature 28.3°C (Anonymous, 1910). Additional specimens from the Verde Island Passage were collected at 578 and 710 m, sediment type ranged from mud to sand (Ref. 95645).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 09 November 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.06.04
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.06.14

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