A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SEA LAMPREY (PETROMYZON MARINUS L.), RIVER LAMPREY (LAMPETRA FLUVIATILIS (L.)) AND BROOK LAMPREY (LAMPETRA PLANERI (BLOCH)) IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Claire Goodwin, J.T.A. Dick, Robert Elwood

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Abstract

Lampreys are endangered in Europe, and European states are legally required to take measures to ensure their protection. However, there is currently little information on the distribution of the three species present in Northern Ireland. Anecdotal records of adult lampreys were collated from anglers and other sources, and a systematic electrofishing survey was undertaken to establish the distribution of lamprey ammocoetes. Lampreys were found in seven of the nine Northern Irish river catchments. Brook lampreys (Lampetra planeri (Bloch)) were widely distributed, but the two anadromous species, sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus L.) and river lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis (L.)), were more limited in their distribution, possibly due to barriers restricting migration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalBiology and Environment-Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
Volume109B
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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