Animalia > Chordata > Petromyzonti > Petromyzontiformes > Petromyzontidae > Petromyzon > Petromyzon marinus

Petromyzon marinus (Eel sucker; Great sea lamprey; Green lamprey; Green sea lamprey; Lamper; Lamprey; Lamprey eel; Marine lamprey; Nannie nine eyes; Nine eyes; Sea lamprey; Shad lamprey; Spotted lamprey; Stone sucker; Sucker)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is a parasitic lamprey native to the Northern Hemisphere.
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Invasive Species

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Adult Weight [1]  3.031 lbs (1.375 kg)
Brood Egg Substrate [2]  Lithophils
Brood Guarder [2]  No
Maximum Longevity [1]  9 years
Migration [2]  Diadromous
Female Maturity [1]  8 years 9 months
Male Maturity [1]  8 years 9 months


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Cantabric Coast - Languedoc France, Spain Palearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Laurentian Great Lakes Canada, United States Nearctic Large Lakes    
Northern Baltic Drainages Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden Palearctic Polar Freshwaters    
Northern British Isles Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

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Prey / Diet


Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[3]
Salmo trutta (Brown trout)[3]



Parasitized by 
Allopodocotyle lepomis[6]
Diplostomum huronense[6]
Echinorhynchus salmonis[6]

External References

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Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Grenouillet, G. & Schmidt-Kloiber., A.; 2006; Fish Indicator Database. Euro-limpacs project, Workpackage 7 - Indicators of ecosystem health, Task 4,, version 5.0 (accessed on July 3, 2012).
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
5Pollerspöck, J. & Straube, N. (2015), Bibliography database of living/fossil sharks, rays and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii, Holocephali) -Host-Parasites List/Parasite-Hosts List-, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2015;
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0