Kōrero: Marine animals without backbones

Hagfish

Hagfish

Hagfish are not true fish, as they do not have a backbone. They are found in the waters around New Zealand, especially in southern seas. Hagfish locate prey by using the sensitive tentacles at the front of their head to detect smell and movement. They are opportunist feeders and eat small animals like bristle-worms and crabs, as well as larger live and dead fish. Although they lack a jaw, their mouth is armed with a rasp-like tongue that can lacerate the flesh of their prey. They protect themselves from predators by exuding copious quantities of sticky slime.

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Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Marine animals without backbones - Lancelets, lampreys and hagfish', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5876/hagfish (accessed 20 February 2020)

He kōrero nā Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006