Long, slender eel-like fishes with two dorsal fins near the tail, 7 pairs of pore-like gill openings, a single median nostril, an oral disc and a prominent hood-like sructure overhanging the mouth. Young adults are bright blue above, with silvery sides and ventral surface. Mature adults are blue-grey above, silvery below and have orange teeth when in freshwater. To 56 cm.
Shorthead Lampreys inhabit shallow coastal and inland waters that are connected to the sea. Following metamorphosis, they migrate downstream and spend most of their adult lives at sea, before returning to freshwater streams to breed.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed