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Hagfish predatory behaviour and slime defence mechanism

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Uploaded on Oct 26, 2011

Hagfishes (Myxinidae) are a family of jawless marine pre-vertebrates. Those video images taken in New Zealand revealed that hagfishes are able to choke their would-be predators with gill-clogging slime.It also shows that hagfishes are actively preying on other fish in New Zealand waters.

The video is part of a scientific paper describing this newly discovered behaviour which can be downloaded online at http://www.nature.com/srep/2011/11102...

Zintzen V., Roberts, C.D., Anderson M.J., Stewart A.L., Struthers C.D. & Harvey E.S. (2011) Hagfish predatory behaviour and slime defence
mechanism. Scientific Reports 1, 131; DOI:10.1038/srep00131

More Te Papa fish-related blog posts: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/category/f...

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