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English: The seal shark Dalatias licha (a–c) and the wreckfish Polyprion americanus (d–f) attempt to prey on the hagfishes. First, the predators approach their potential prey. Predators bite or try to swallow the hagfishes, but hagfishes have already projected jets of slime (arrows) into the predators’ mouth. Choking, the predators release the hagfishes and gag in an attempt to remove slime from their mouth and gill chamber.
Français : Un petit requin Dalatias ( photos a-c) et le poisson prédateur Polyprion americanus (photo d-f) tentent de manger une myxine. La vidéo montre l'approche du prédateur qui ne semble pas faire réagir la myxine. Les prédateurs mordent et/ou tentent d'avaler la myxine, mais celle ci a déjà injecté dans leur bouche ouverte des jets de mucus filamenteux. Le prédateur surpris libèrent immédiatement la myxines et cherchent à recracher le mucus de leur bouche, qui entrave probablement déjà leur respiration en ayant plus ou moins colmaté les arcs branchiaux
Source Zintzen, Vincent, Clive D. Roberts, Marti J. Anderson, Andrew L. Stewart, Carl D. Struthers, and Euan S. Harvey. "Hagfish Slime as a Defense Mechanism against Gill-breathing Predators." Scientific Reports 1 (2011): Print.
Author Vincent Zintzen, Clive D. Roberts, Marti J. Anderson, Andrew L. Stewart, Carl D. Struthers & Euan S. Harvey


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