Category: Fish Phylum: Chordata Class: Myxini Family: Myxinidae
Other Names: Fish, Blind Eel Fish, Snot Eel
Notes Exude copious amounts of slime from 75 pores along the side of the body when distressed. Have degenerate eyes that can be found embedded into the head muscles when dissecting, also have rows of teeth that fall out periodically. Fishermen loath hagfish and consider them bad luck, the slime they produce sticks to crayfish pots etc. and catch rates are significantly decreased. Studies show that the Hagfish is a significant part of the Bottlenose Dolphin's diet in Doubtful Sound. Early Maori also considered them a delicacy.
References A Treasury of New Zealand Fishes: Graham