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21 February 2008 A New Species of Hagfish (Myxinidae: Eptatretus) Associated with Deep-Sea Coral Habitat in the Western North Atlantic
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Eptatretus lopheliae, new species, is described from three specimens caught at 430–442 m depth in cold-water coral habitat off the southeastern United States. It is diagnosed by elongated tubular nostril, lack of nasal-sinus papillae, five pairs of gill pouches, 3-cusp multicusps in anterior and posterior row of teeth but with variation of 4 cusps in posterior row, 38–41 total cusp count, 19–21 prebranchial slime pores, 88–89 total pores, palatine tooth triangular, and pinkish-orange body color. Eptatretus lopheliae is a small hagfish species observed, videotaped, and caught in close association with Lophelia pertusa reef habitat.

2008 by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Bo Fernholm and Andrea M. Quattrini "A New Species of Hagfish (Myxinidae: Eptatretus) Associated with Deep-Sea Coral Habitat in the Western North Atlantic," Copeia 2008(1), 126-132, (21 February 2008). https://doi.org/10.1643/CI-07-039
Received: 8 February 2007; Accepted: 1 May 2007; Published: 21 February 2008
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