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University of Guelph researchers have unraveled some of the inner workings of slime produced by one of nature's most bizarre creatures – hagfish.
A study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature has revealed new details on the evolution of the jaw – a major defining structure in the evolution of the face.
Looking at a hagfish â€“ an eyeless, snot-covered, worm-like scavenger of the deep â€“the last thing that comes to mind is sex.
RESEARCH on the diet of the toothless and blind hagfish has won Rebecca McLeod the 2008 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year award. The marine ecologist studies the diet of the primitive scavenging creature, which lives up to 400 metres below sea level in New Zealand fiords.
The hagfish is a bottom feeder so repulsive it had a cameo on TV's "Fear Factor." It slimes its enemies, has rows of teeth on its tongue, and feeds on the innards of rotting fish by penetrating any orifice. It is also considered an aphrodisiac in South Korea.
The Pacific Hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii) also known as the Slime Eel, is a species of hagfish that is found in the mesopelagic (600 to 3000 feet deep) to abyssal (13,000 to 21,000 feet deep) Pacific ocean, near the ocean floor. In many parts of the world, including the USA, hagfish-skin clothing, belts, and other accessories are advertised and sold as "yuppie leather" or "eel-skin". Hagfish, however, are not true eels. This is a jawless fish, as it evolved to lose this trait from the early...