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Chestnut Lamprey

Ichthyomyzon castaneus


Adults are parasitic carnivores, feeding on the blood of other fish by attaching themselves with a sucking disc and rasping a hole with their horny plated tongue (Carlander 1969; Goldstein and Simon 1999). So AWESOME!!


Found while seining in a freshwater stream.


Found 2 One in the net and one attached to a fish.

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QuietChameleon 9 years ago

Sorry none, it was caught during a field trip for an ichthyology class.

Latimeria 9 years ago

Awesome picture! I love your description, I'm going to go ahead and assume you're a fan of lampreys. I just saw my first last year, and I'm hoping to find some again once Spring comes. Any tips?

ceherzog 9 years ago

eegads! Cool

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McAlester, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Sep 21, 2010
Submitted on Nov 21, 2011

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