Ecology of Lampetra fluviatilis
Main Ref. Muus, B.J. and P. Dahlström, 1967
Remarks Adults are hematophageous predators (Ref. 51442). They often inflict extensive damage on their hosts by rasping away large amounts of flesh from the back; they become bloated when feeding because the entire gut is full of blood and fish flesh (Ref. 1998). The ammocoetes larvae are microphageous and feed on diatoms and protozoans (Ref. 51442).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Lampetra fluviatilis may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Renaud, C.B., 2011
Associations parasitism;
Associated with Clupea harengus, Gadus morhua, Sprattus sprattus, Coregonus autumnalis and Coregonus clupeoides.
Association remarks
Parasitism outside host


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Maitland, P.S. and R.N. Campbell, 1992
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Muus, B.J. and P. Dahlström, 1967

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 4.50 0.80 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Luna, Susan M. on 10.18.91
Modified by Hilomen, Teresa on 10.31.13
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