Tagged: Lamprey

Lamprey – Living fossils in our midst - Waiology

Waiology Nov 20, 2014

By Cindy Baker Lamprey and hagfish (known as cyclostomes or agnathans) are the only living jawless vertebrates. Over 360 million years old, lampreys swam past herds of drinking dinosaurs, and have survived at least four mass extinctions. The brain of the lamprey is believed to be the closest example of our primal vertebrate ancestors, and lampreys provide important insight into … Read More

Lamprey – the vampire of the sea - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 20, 2011

A shy, slimy, ancient fish, that looks like an eel but isn’t. It has a circular sucker for a mouth, and feeds by rasping a hole in its victim’s fishy-flesh. It starts life in freshwater, spends most of its life at sea, but returns to freshwater to breed. It can be found all around New Zealand, in southern Australia, … Read More