Centrarchid Project, Mayden Lab

Important Lampre Researchers

Lampreys are a difficult group of fishes that has challenged the scientific community in many ways, especially in the are of species diversity, species identification, and evolution. All aspects of lamprey biology, conservation, management, control, and research depends upon a well studied and documented taxonomy of the diversity to permit all

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interested parties to determine species identifications and diversity. Only a hand-full of researchers have had what David Starr Jordan once stated as "the eye" for competent research on the taxonomy of lampreys. While some authors have not agreed with one another on the diversity of lamprey species or the classification of species into genera and families prior to the advent of phylogenetic systematics (sensu Hennig), the follow people identified here have a noteworthy history of conducting leading research in lamprey diversity and evolution. To these people we owe a great debt of gratitude. If I have left any important people off of this list it has not been intentional.

Carl L. Hubbs

Ian Potter


Claude Renaude

Howard Gill

Brooks M. Burr

Fish illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri and used with permission.
Lamprey Literature

Carl L. Hubbs (xxxx-xxxx). Often referred to as one of the World's leading ichthyologists, C. L. Hubbs published over xxx papers during his career and has had xxxx species named in his honor. Dr. Hubbs had a keen eye for diversity in fishes, especially many North American groups, and together with Dr. Ian Potter completed the famous series on lamprey diversity, evolution, and biology entitled xxxxx. Hubbs also described xx species (list species here) with fellow researchers xxxx.

Ian Potter (xxxx-). Recognized as one of the World's most knowledgable students of lamprey biology, Dr. Potter has studied many aspects of lamprey biology, described species of lampreys (xxxx), conducted critial work with vision in lampreys, and coauthored with Dr. Martin W. Hardisty the famous five volume work "The Biology of Lampreys", which was the first and only comprehensive treatment of their evolution, natural history and physiology on lampreys. While much of his recent work has focused on southern hemisphere species, his stable of publications on lampreys includes both northern and southern hemisphere species. Dr. Potter is currently at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
Howard Gill (xxxx-). A close associate and colleague with Dr. Ian Potter, Dr. Gill has focused his research on lamprey diversity and biology primarily on southern hemisphere species. He has studied the conservation status, taxonomy, and morphologcial diversity of Australian species of the genera Geotria and Mordacia, and is the lead author of the most recent morphological phylogeny of Lampreys (citation). Dr. Gill is currently at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
Claude Renaude (xxxx-). A contemporary student of the esteemed lamprey expert xxx Vladikov, Dr. Renaude is surely recognized as one of the World's most knowledgable lamprey biologists in terms of their taxonomy, morphology, and biology. As Curator of one of the World's largest collections of lampreys at xxxx Museum, he has available to him vast collections for comparative studies. Most of his research has focused on the northern hemisphere species of the family Petromyzontidae, but has worked closely with Drs. Potter and Gill with southern hemisphere species morphology as well. Dr. Renaude is currently at xxx.
Reeve M. Bailey (xxxx-). A student of Carl L. Hubbs, Dr. Bailey has worked with many northern hemisphere species of fishes, including the Petromyzonidae species. He is mosted noted in lamprey research for his strong disagreements with the hypotheses put forth on lamprey species diversity and classification by xxxx Vladikov. Holding largely to the principles of biological classifications derived from the historic discipline of Evolutionary Systematics, and that species diversity should only be recognized under the guidelines of the Biological Species Concept, Bailey's views were strongly dismissed by Vladikov. Dr. Bailey is currently Curator Emeritus at the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan.

Vadim D. Vladykov (1898-1986): Prof. Vladykov published about 50 papers dealing with the taxonomy and biology of north hemisphere lampreys.  In 1950, he developed for the first time a series of pigmentary characters to identify ammocoetes to species.  In 1976, he and Ed Kott produced a comprehensive study of the velar tentacles in lampreys and their use as taxonomic characters.  In 1979, he again with Ed Kott introduced the satellite species concept in replacement of the paired species concept to explain lamprey evolution.  He, alone or with colleagues, described 8 of the 34 recognized species of north hemisphere lampreys.  During a career that spanned 67 years, he assembled the best collection of north hemisphere lampreys in the world in terms of numbers, diversity and types.  This collection is housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature. 

Brooks M. Burr (xxxx-). An expert on the diversity of North Amerian freshwater fishes, Dr. Burr has worked on various aspects of the diversity of species of Ichthyomyzon and Lampetra, providing excellent insight into the identification and distributions of these species in eastern United States. Dr. Burr, in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Walsh, also discovered and studied in detail hypothesized paedomorphic population of Lampetra aeypeptera in Kentucky, USA. This discovery and study represents a benchmark finding given that this species is non-parasitic and one hypothesis for the evolution of of non-parasitic satellite species from parasitic species is through the process of paedomorphosis.