First record and further description of the Cape hagfish

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The first record of the Cape hagfish Myxine capensis in Mozambican waters is reported based on a single 356 mm total length specimen taken by bottom trawl off Maputo, 25° 52·9′ S; 34° 42·7′ E – 25° 54·1′ S; 34° 41·0′ E, at depths from 557 to 564 m. This account also represents the northernmost record of a hagfish in the western Indian Ocean. Morphometric and meristic data are provided and compared with those of 27 specimens (including the holotype) caught off Namibia and South Africa.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2011

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