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Ichthyomyzon unicuspis (Silver lamprey)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The silver lamprey (Ichthyomyzon unicuspis) is a lamprey commonly found in the Northern and Central United States, as well as a large part of southern Canada. Its binomial name means "fish to suck" in Greek and "one point" in Latin. The silver lamprey is a member of the Class Agnatha, sometimes referred to as cyclostomes (round-mouths). Other common names include: Bloodsucker, Blue Lamprey, Hitch-hiker, Lamper, Lamprey Eel.
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Female Maturity [2]  6 years
Adult Length [1]  15 inches (39 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  Hidden
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Lithophils (gravel-sand)
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [2]  19,000
Maximum Longevity [2]  8 years
Migration [3]  Anadromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve 9859505 New York, Vermont, United States  
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Pukaskwa National Park II 459860 Ontario, Canada
Saint Croix International Historic Site   Maine, United States
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore II 62563 Michigan, United States
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Voyageurs National Park II 177960 Minnesota, United States

Prey / Diet

Acipenser fulvescens (Lake Sturgeon)[4]
Acipenser oxyrinchus (Atlantic sturgeon)[4]
Ambloplites rupestris (Rock bass)[4]
Ameiurus nebulosus (Brown bullhead)[4]
Catostomus commersonii (White sucker)[4]
Coregonus clupeaformis (Common whitefish)[4]
Esox lucius (Jack)[4]
Oncorhynchus mykiss (redband trout)[4]
Salvelinus namaycush (American lake char)[4]
Sander vitreus (Walleye)[4]

Range Map

America, North - Inland waters; Canada; Great Lakes; Mississippi; Nearctic; North America: Mississippi drainage and the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay and the St. Lawrence River. Readily distinguishable from the sea lamprey by its single dorsal fin.; St. Lawrence; Tennessee; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2de 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
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Jorrit 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.
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