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

Pouch Lamprey

Size range

Maximum length 60 cm, more commonly to 45 - 50 cm.

Distribution

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.

Geotria australis

Habitat

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.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Geotria
Family:
Geotriidae
Order:
Petromyzontiformes
Class:
Petromyzontida
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1.  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
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