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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

38. Sea Lamprey
(Petromyzon marinus)

38. Sea Lamprey

It is similar to the Lampern in having a round or sucker-like mouth, seven gill slits behind the eye and no paired fins, but it is much larger (it may reach three feet in length), and its scaleless skin is mottled and spotted with brown, yellow and greenish-grey. It comes into the rivers to spawn, and the young spend their larval period buried in the mud like the Prides of the Lampern. When adult it descends to the sea, where, like the Lampern, it lives parasitically on fishes. Excellent to eat. Not angled.