Eptatretus alastairi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Eptatretus alastairi
Species Authority: Mincarone & Fernholm, 2010

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-12-20
Assessor(s): Mincarone, M.M.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B., Knapp, L. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is known only from several collections in Western Australia and a single collection near Queensland, Australia. It is a relatively deeper-water species, with an assumed relatively widespread distribution in Australia. There are no known threats to this species. Therefore, it is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only to occur in Western Australia, from off Collier Bay to off Gantheaume Bay at depths of 380 to 350 m. A single specimen was also collected from Queensland, at 500 m depth (Mincarone and Fernholm 2010).
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – southwest
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Population [top]

Population: This species is known only from a few collections (Mincarone and Fernholm 2010). There is no population information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is primarily known from collection in trawls. Although its biology and ecology is not well known, it likely occurs in sandy or muddy substrate at depths from 380 to 500 m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. Hagfishes are not targeted in Australian waters. Based on survey efforts, they are almost never taken by bottom trawls (M. Gomon and D. Bray pers. comm., 14 October 2010).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Further research is needed to determine this species' population size, distribution and trends, life history and ecology.

Citation: Mincarone, M.M. 2013. Eptatretus alastairi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
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