BIO 203

The Silver Lamprey

Anjanette Bowen/USFWS

The image above shows the mouth of a lamprey. 

      The scientific name, Ichthyomyzon unicuspis, may seem overwhelming at first, but if it is broken down into parts, it is more straight-forward.  “Ichthys” means fish in Greek and “myzo” means to suckle (Froese & Pauly 2011).  Unicuspis means single cusps.  Now, let’s put all that we know together.  Ichthyomyzon unicuspis means a sucker fish that has single cusps of circumoral teeth (Froese & Pauly 2011).
     We have focused in on some of the major areas of study of the Silver Lamprey. Check out our website and explore the several pages listed to the left to learn more about this interesting parasite!  The classification page would be a great place to start to learn about all the taxonomic levels of the Ichthyomyzon unicuspis.

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To find additional information, check out the classification page.