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A European River Lamprey (L. fluviatilis)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Infraphylum: Agnatha
Class: Hyperoartia
Order: Petromyzontiformes
Family: Petromyzontidae
Genus: Lampetra
Bonnaterre 1788
Type species
Petromyzon planeri
Bloch 1784
  • Lampetra (Okkelbergia) Creaser & Hubbs 1922
  • Okkelbergia (Creaser & Hubbs 1922)

Lampetra is a genus of lampreys in the family Petromyzontidae.

Phylogenetic studies indicate that this genus as presently defined is polyphyletic, with species of this genus from western North America forming a clade that forms the sister group to Lethenteron, Eudontomyzon, and Lampetra sensu stricto (eastern North American and European species).[1]


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[2]


  1. ^ Brownstein, Chase Doran; Near, Thomas J. (2023-01-23). "Phylogenetics and the Cenozoic radiation of lampreys". Current Biology. 33 (2): 397–404.e3. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2022.12.018. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 36586410. S2CID 255278945.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2024). Species of Lampetra in FishBase. January 2024 version.
  3. ^ a b c Mateus, C.S., Alves, M.J., Quintella, B.R. & Almeida, P.R. (2013): Three new cryptic species of the lamprey genus Lampetra Bonnaterre, 1788 (Petromyzontiformes: Petromyzontidae) from the Iberian Peninsula. Archived 2013-06-20 at the Wayback Machine Contributions to Zoology, 82 (1): 37-53.