Eptatretus multidens

Common Name

Manytoothed Hagfish

Year Described

Fernholm & Hubbs, 1981


Slime Pores
Prebranchial: 14-16
Branchial: 5-7
Trunk: 52-55
Tail: 15-16
Total: 88-93

Anterior unicusps: 10-12
Posterior unicusps: 9-12
Total cusps: 50-58
Tooth formula: 3/3

Body anguilliform and cylindrical. There are six gill openings.


Body and finfolds uniformly medium brown.


Maximum size to 81.5cm TL.


Captured on soft bottoms from 239-770m.


The southern Caribbean (off Venezuela and French Guiana) to Brazil.


Fernholm, B. & C. L. Hubbs. 1981. Western Atlantic hagfishes of the genus Eptatretus (Myxinidae) with description of two new species. United States National Marine Fisheries Service Fishery Bulletin v. 79 (1): 69-83.

Mincarone, M.M. & C.L.S. Sampaio. 2004. First record of the hagfish Eptatretus multidens (Fernholm & Hubbs, 1981) (Myxinidae) in Brazilian waters. Comun. Mus. Ciènc. Tecnol. PURS, Sér. Zool. 17(1): 33-38.

Mincarone, M. M. 2007. Revisao Taxonomica da Familia Myxinidae Rafinesque, 1814 (Myxiniformes). Tese de Doutorado, Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil.