10.28 Walvis Bay Lagoon - dolphins by Stefaan

Sixgill Hagfish (Eptatretus hexatrema)

…also sometimes known as the Snotslang, the sixgill hagfish is a species of hagfish (a group of jawless fish) that is native to the South Atlantic and southwestern Indian Oceans. In the south Atlantic it is known only from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Durban, South Africa. Like other hagfish, E. hexatrema is a scavenger, burrowing in the muddy bottoms emerging to feed on dead/disabled fish and the occasional invertebrate. It also has the capability to secrete slime when provoked, a trait seen in most hagfish. 


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Image: Peter Southwood