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#2366285 - 04/11/11 05:24 PM Eel?
lung-buster
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A buddy caught a small mouth this morning in a creek and it had what looked to be like an eel lached on to one of lower fins (arm pit). Wished I could of had camera and got a pic. It was around 4-5 in long. When it fell off I opened its mouth an it was like a suction cup with a bunch of smaller one inside. It was dirty brown with a flat vertical tail. Any clue?
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#2366291 - 04/11/11 05:38 PM Re: Eel? [Re: lung-buster]
Lincoln Co Archer
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Lamprey eel. Invasive species. I have been seeing several in the past few years in the early spring when the fish are not as active. What county?
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#2366293 - 04/11/11 05:41 PM Re: Eel? [Re: Lincoln Co Archer]
lung-buster
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#2366294 - 04/11/11 05:41 PM Re: Eel? [Re: Lincoln Co Archer]
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I saw one at the Cumberland City steam plant a few times here recently
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#2366295 - 04/11/11 05:44 PM Re: Eel? [Re: Str8Shooter]
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I googled it and thats exactly what it was. Nasty lookin critters for sure.
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#2366303 - 04/11/11 05:50 PM Re: Eel? [Re: lung-buster]
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I have caught several out of the Elk River with the Lamprey's in tow. It seems like they disappear when the water gets warmer around the middle of May. They are not good for the population.
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#2366342 - 04/11/11 07:02 PM Re: Eel? [Re: Lincoln Co Archer]
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Just a lamprey. And no, more than likely it was NOT invasive. To my knoledge there are no invasive/introduced lampreys in TN. There are several species that are native. They are not eels in any way. The family they belong "Petromyzontidae" and class Agnatha (jawless fishes). Jawless is what separates this species from any other. We have shocked up several Lampreys in East TN streams. They are mostly found in leaf litter along the banks. With the exception of the Chestnut, the different species can be difficult to distinguish. Lampreys native to this area (middle to east TN):
Ohio Lamprey
Chestnut Lamprey
Mountain Brook Lamprey
American Brook Lamprey
Least Brook Lamprey
Silver Lamprey

If your in Southern Middle TN, then it can more than likely be narrowed down to the:
Ohio Lamprey (Probable that this is the lamprey you saw)
Chestnut Lamprey
Mountain Brook Lamprey
Least Brook Lamprey(Populations models and your discription would dictate this species is more than likely the Lamprey you saw).

They are not bad for the ecosystem. They play important ecological roles. The parasitism by native lampreys has not been detrimental to any native fish populations.

The Sea Lampreys in the Great Lakes region is an invasive species so maybe I'm wrong , but I'd be willing to bet it is a native species.


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#2367566 - 04/13/11 09:05 AM Re: Eel? [Re: rukiddin?]
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Seen some kind of eel in the clinch river last few years some close to 1' long. [Above norris lake]
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#2367673 - 04/13/11 11:43 AM Re: Eel? [Re: varmint1111]
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Had a bass a couple yrs back here on Ky lake puke one up in my live well.
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