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First evidence of attraction of adult river lamprey in the migratory phase to larval odour

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Sexually immature, adult river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis in the upstream migratory phase, were shown to be attracted to water conditioned with ammocoete larvae when tested using a two‐choice flume. Although preliminary, the data suggest that migrating adult river lamprey may be attracted to larval putative pheromone as recorded in sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus.

Keywords: Lampetra fluvialitis; ammocoetes; attraction; pheromone; two‐choice flume

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, Science Laboratories, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, U.K.

Publication date: 2006-02-01

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