lamprey lamprey  /ˈlæm pri/


  • (n) primitive eellike freshwater or anadromous cyclostome having round sucking mouth with a rasping tongue



  1. The lamprey, which bypassed Niagara Falls via the Welland Ship Canal, attaches itself to fish with a tooth-armed sucker and bores and sucks them to death.
  2. The slimy, unattractive sea lamprey, which spends its life gnawing holes in fish, has practically conquered the Great Lakes.
  3. Latvia Lamprey eels On the evolutionary scale, the boneless lamprey is about as low as fish can go.


  1. Helen Taylor: 5 reasons to be focused on health of Great Lakes every week

    By Helen Taylor INVADERS!: The sea lamprey is just one invasive species now harming the Great Lakes - and more are on the way if unified action isn't taken across the Great Lakes basin, argues Brunch columnist Helen Taylor.Two significant...
    on June 16, 2013     Source:

  2. U.S. poisons invasive Lake Michigan lamprey larvae

    EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’ greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Observer-Reporter

  3. Crews to look for sea lamprey larvae in Alpena Co.

    Alpena Township — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews will be coming to Alpena County next week to look for sea lamprey larvae.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Detroit News

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  • "We've already seen infestations of the sea lamprey, the zebra mussel and the 'fish-killing virus,' and we can't wait for the next infestation before we decide to take action," Oberstar said Thursday. "This legislation sets tough standards...
    on Apr 24, 2008 By: Jim Oberstar Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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