Eptatretus goliath 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Myxini Myxiniformes Myxinidae

Scientific Name: Eptatretus goliath Mincarone & Stewart, 2006
Common Name(s):
English Goliath Hagfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-11-10
Assessor(s): Mincarone, M.M.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B., Knapp, L. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is known only from a single specimen recorded in New Zealand, where it may be endemic. More research is needed to determine this species distribution, population, habitat, ecology and any major threats. Currently it is listed as Data Deficient, but it may be potentially vulnerable to localized threats such as deep sea trawling.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the type locality off New Zealand, northeastern North Island, 35°27'54''S, 175°36'08''E (Mincarone and Stewart 2006).
Countries occurrence:
New Zealand (North Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – southwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):811
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Population [top]

Population:This species is known only from the holotype, but it is likely endemic to New Zealand as no other surveys have collected additional specimens. This region has been comprehensively surveyed.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The only specimen was found at the head of the Hauraki Canyon, at 811 m depth. The single specimen measured 1,275 mm (TL) and is therefore the largest hagfish yet known (Mincarone and Stewart 2006). This is a benthopelagic species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no known information on type and scale of threats. It may be threatened by deep-sea trawling within its likely restricted range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place, but more research is needed on this species' biology, population size, distribution and impacts.

Citation: Mincarone, M.M. 2011. Eptatretus goliath. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T196023A8994230. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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