Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday Fish: Geotria australis

The southern Pouched lamprey, our first foray into the jawless fishes. There are not many pictures on the web of this genus; this was the largest I could find. Fishbase.org has another picture that I don't like as much for purely aesthetic reasons, but I'll include it anyway:

Photo credit here and here.

2 comments:

Bart said...

These things scare the bejeebus outta me. Did you know lake Ontario has lampreys? Some of them make it up the river systems as far as Guelph!

TheBrummell said...

Did you know lake Ontario has lampreys?

Yes, I did, though I'm a little surprised to hear they might be in the Speed river in Guelph. Still, the lack of real barriers (that I know of) between the lake and here makes this quite plausible.

I think the Lake Ontario lampreys are an invasive species, but I'm not sure about that.

I guess you're not a big fan of leeches, either.