Past Research Project

Alexander M. Naseka © Alexander M. Naseka


Claude B. Renaud electrofishing for lampreys in the Slave River, at Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, July 2, 2012.

The lamprey genus Lethenteron is widely distributed across Eurasia and North America, including vast regions of Canada. In a recent, comprehensive, taxonomic study of lampreys of the world, the genus was strongly identified as a distinct group using genetic tools. However, the evolutionary relationships of the majority of the species were difficult to understand. The purpose of this collaborative study, involving two Canadian and two Russian ichthyologists, is to revise the genus across its range and resolve these taxonomic questions.

Principal investigator: Claude Renaud.

Additional Resources

Prof. Richard Cloutier, Université du Québec à Rimouski ​(website in French)

Prof. Philip A. Cochran, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Dr. Margaret F. Docker, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Howard S. Gill, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Dr. Alexander M. Naseka, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg

Prof. Ian C. Potter, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia