Sinaa Lamprey 1.0-1.1

Definition/Summary:

Lampreys

  • Sometimes inaccurately called, lamprey eels
  • Any jawless fish of the order Petromyzontiformes, placed in the superclass Cyclostomata
  • The adult lamprey has a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth
  • The common name “lamprey” is probably derived from Latin lampetra, which may mean “stone licker”

Expanded info:

  • 38 known extant species of lampreys
  • Parasitic species are the best known, and feed by boring into the flesh of other fish to suck their blood
  • 18 of these species of lampreys are parasitic
  • Adults of the non-parasitic species do not feed; they live off reserves acquired as ammocoetes (larvae), which they obtain through filter feeding.

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