Animal Species:Pouch Lamprey, Geotria australis Gray, 1851
The Pouch Lamprey is a jawless fish that has skin flaps around the mouth.
Standard Common Name
Maximum length 60 cm, more commonly to 45 - 50 cm.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Larvae (ammocoetes) live in mud burrows in the upper reaches of streams then migrate down to the sea after about 4 years. Spawning migrations of adults take them upstream into fresh waters.
- Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & M. Allen. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 394.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology