Arctic lamprey (Lethenteron camtschaticum) fish profile and information / pictures of Arctic lamprey - Lethenteron camtschaticum

Arctic lamprey (Lethenteron camtschaticum) fish profile

Sharks and Rays
Ray-finned fishes
Lobe-finned fishes
Setting up your tank
DIY Fish Tank Stand
250L community aquarium
Contact Us

Scientific Name Lethenteron camtschaticum
Classified By Tilesius, 1811
Common Name Arctic lamprey
Class Lampreys (Cephalaspidomorphi)
Order Lampreys (Petromyzontiformes)
Family Lampreys (Petromyzontidae)
Biology Adults inhabits coastal and estuarine waters (Ref. 59043). Prefer sites with stony or sandy bottom, shaded by riparian vegetation (Ref. 41072). Spawning adults found in gravel riffles and runs of clear streams; feeding adults usually in oceans or lakes; ammocoetes in muddy margins and backwaters of river and lakes (Ref. 5723). Anadromous (Ref. 58426). There are non-migratory freshwater populations. Probably parasitizes any species of fish of suitable size (Ref. 27547), including commercial species (Ref. 58426). Subadults are non-parasitic (Ref. 12218). Feed on small aquatic invertebrates, algae and organic matter contained in detritus (Ref. 41072). Arctic lamprey has high quality flesh rich in fat (Ref. 41072).
Climate Polar
Water Temperature From - Celcius 5 °C
Water Temperature To - Celcius 18 °C
Depth From - meters 0 m
Depth To - meters 50 m
Zone demersal
Distribution Arctic: Siberian coast to Anderson River in Canada. Northwest Pacific: Bering Sea south to Japan and Korea. Freshwater resident populations in Slave, Hay and Mackenzie rivers, Northern Territories, Canada. Freshwater non-migratory stocks in river systems in Mongolia (Ref. 41072). Europe: Arctic, White and Barents Sea basins of Russia and Norway, from Pechora drainage in Russia to Pasvik drainage in Norwegian-Russian border (Ref. 59043). In danger of local extinctions due to pollution and use as bait (Ref. 12321).
Region Arctic
Range 71°N - 34°N
Maximum Length 63.0 cm
Common Length 16.1 cm
Environment Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; anadromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 50 m (Ref. 50610)
Vulnerability Moderate to high vulnerability (55 of 100)
Resilience Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm 4-5)
Threat To Humans   Harmless
IUCN Red List Status   Least Concern (LC) 
Human Uses Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial; bait: usually
Phylogenetic Diversity Index PD50 = 0.5312 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)
Trophic Level 4.5 s.e. 0.81 Based on food items.
Is kept in Aquariums False
Occurs in Marine / Salt water True
Occurs in Brackish water True
Occurs in Fresh Water True
Occurs on Reefs False