Like an aquatic vampire it is a parasite that often leaves its victim lifeless.
Lamprey eel. Barnyard bees 7234759 views. The lamprey is an eel like creature that attacks its prey by attaching to it with circular rows of fairly nasty looking teeth. The name stuck however. Maine department of inland fisheries and wildlife 284 state street 41 state house station augusta maine 04333 0411 tel.
As in the other jawless fish the hagfish 1 the adult lamprey retains the notochord 2 the supporting structure that in higher vertebrates is found only in the embryo. Despite their similar body shape the lamprey and eel are not even closely related lamprey are actually more closely related to hagfish and sharks. Convention on great lakes fisheries. Lamprey name for several primitive marine and freshwater jawless fishes of the order petromyzontiformes.
Lampreys sometimes inaccurately called lamprey eels are an ancient extant lineage of jawless fish of the order petromyzontiformes placed in the superclass cyclostomatathe adult lamprey may be characterized by a toothed funnel like sucking mouth. Invasive species petromyzon marinus sea lamprey have an eel like body with two close dorsal fins seven gill openings and a large round mouth with sharp curved teeth and rasping tongue. The commission coordinates fisheries research controls the invasive sea lamprey and facilitates cooperative fishery management among the state provincial tribal and federal management agencies. They live in coastal and fresh waters and are found in temperate regions around the world except africa.
The great lakes fishery commission was established in 1955 by the canadianus. Lampreys belong to the family petromyzonidae. The common name lamprey is probably derived from latin lampetra which may mean stone licker lambere to lick petra stone though the. When european settlers first saw the pacific lamprey they called them eels thinking they were the same food fish found throughout the eastern united states and europe.