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Lamprey - Family Petromyzontidae



LEAST BROOK LAMPREY - Lampetra aepyptera

Scientific Name: Lampetra aepyptera
Fairfax County Native: Yes
Size: Typically 4 to 5 inches
Diet: Adults do not eat. Larval form diet is unknown but probably feed on planktonic organisms
Distribution sampling sites: Map

Unlike the well-known parasitic sea lamprey, the least brook lamprey is a filter feeder. The adult form of the lamprey does not eat and dies shortly after spawning. They require sandy or silty bottomed small streams to survive.

Jenkins, R. E., N. M. Burkhead, 1994, Freshwater Fishes of Virginia,1079 pgs., American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD

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