Pacific lamprey

David Noakes

Latin name: Lampetra tridentata

The pacific lamprey is experiencing significant decline by our surveys conducted over its range. The seminal work has lead to a recovery plan developed by the Fisheries and Wildlife Service.  Further research has led to the characterization of habitat needs, an important part of any recovery plan, for juvenile and adult lamprey. This work was done in cooperation with several confederated Native American tribes. 

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Clemens, B.J., M.G. Mesa, R.J.Magie, D.A. Young, and C.B. Schreck. 2012. Pre-spawning migration of adult Pacific lamprey, Entosphenus tridentatus, in the Willamette River, Oregon, U.S.A. Environmental Biology of Fish. 93:245-254.

Clemens, B.J., S. van de Wetering, S.A. Sower, and C.B. Schreck. 2013. Maturation characteristics and life history strategies of the Pacific lamprey, Entrosphenus tridentatus (Gairdner, 1836). Canadian Journal of Zoology. 91:775-788.

Schultz, L.D., M.P. Mayfield, G.T. Sheoships, L.A. Wyss, B.J Clemons, L. Whitlock, and C.B. Schreck. 2014. Role of large-and fine-scaled variables in predicting catch rates of larval Pacific lamprey in the Willamette basin, Oregon. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi: 10.1111/eff.12207 1-11.

Clemens, B. J., C. B. Schreck, S. J. van de Wetering, & S. A. Sower. 2016. The potential roles of river environments in selecting for stream- and ocean-maturing Pacific Lamprey, Entosphenus tridentatus (Gairdner, 1836). pp. 299 – 322. In: A. Orlov, & R. J. Beamish (eds.) Jawless Fishes of the World. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Clemens, B.J., R.J. Beamish, K.C. Coates, M.F. Docker, J.B. Dunham, A.E. Gray, J.E. Hess, J.C. Jolley, R.T. Lampman, B.J. McIlraith, M.L. Moser, J.G. Murauskas, D.L.G. Noakes, H.A Schaller, C.B. Schreck, S.J. Starcevich, B. Streif, S.J. van de Wetering, J. Wade, L.A. Weitkamp, and L.A. Wyss. 2017.

Conservation challenges and research needs for Pacific Lamprey in the Columbia River Basin. Fisheries 42:264-276.

Clemens, B.J., L. Wyss, R. McCoun, I. Courter, L. Schwabe, C. Peery, C.B. Schreck, E.K. Spice, and M. Docker. 2017. Temporal genetic population structure and interannual variation in migration behavior of Pacific lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus. Hydrobiologia. 794:223-240.

Whitlock, S., L. Schultz, C.B. Schreck, and J. Hess. 2017. Using genetic pedigree reconstruction to estimate effective spawner abundance from redd surveys: an example involving Pacific lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 74:1-8.