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Distribution and morphology of the sea lamprey from the Balkan coast of the Adriatic Sea

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In contrast to the Apennine Peninsula coast, the relatively rare occurrence of sea lampreys Petromyzon marinus in the Balkan Peninsula (eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea) is probably due to the closeness of the steep mountains causing unsuitable hydrological conditions of streams and impeded access to the coast. Most specimens are probably represented by invaders carried from the Mediterranean and other regions of the Adriatic Sea. Morphology was similar to that recorded for the sea lampreys from other geographical regions.

Keywords: Balkan coast; Petromyzon marinus; distribution; morphology; passive invasions

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 06 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2: Teacher Education Academy, University of Zagreb, Savska cesta 77, Zagreb, Croatia, 3: Department of Zoology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb, Rooseveltov trg 6, Zagreb, Croatia and 4: Primary School Don Mihovil Pavlović, Metković, Croatia

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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