Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for Morrison Creek Lamprey (Lampetra richardsoni var. marifuga) in Canada

Morrison Creek lamprey is a unique life history form of the western brook lamprey (Lampetra richardsoni) that is believed to occur only in Morrison Creek, Vancouver Island (Beamish 1985). It was discovered in 1977, and is considered a derivative of L. richardsoni that has been labelled L. richardsoni var. marifuga (Beamish 1987). Although described in some detail, the Morrison Creek lamprey has not been given formal taxonomic status, and additional work is recommended to clarify the taxonomy. Its extreme endemic distribution is the principal factor in its designation as “endangered,” and likely entails that the species will always remain at some risk.

Consultation period: 2006-09-20 to 2006-11-19


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