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Species Geotria australis Gray, 1851

Pouch Lamprey, Narrow-mouthed Lamprey, Pouched Lamprey, Velasia, Wide-mouthed Lamprey


Generic Combinations




South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Widespread in TAS, coastal rivers and streams from Lake King, VIC (147º45´E) to Moore River, north of Perth, WA; temperate, discontinuous (New Zealand, South America, Falkland Islands and South Georgia).

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Ben Lomond (BEL), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR)


Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • South Australia: Bass Strait, S Gulfs, S Gulfs coast, SE coastal
    • Tasmania: Bass Strait, Tas. coast
    • Victoria: Bass Strait, SE coastal
    • Western Australia: SW coast, SW coastal

Ecological Descriptors

Anadromous, estuary, freshwater, inshore.

Extra Ecological Information

Adults, larvae and juveniles in estuaries


General References

Allen, G.R. 1982. Inland Fishes of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 86 pp. 6 figs 20 pls. [23]

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 394 pp. [50]

Cadwallader, P.L. & Backhouse, G.N. 1983. A Guide to the Freshwater Fish of Victoria. Melbourne : F.D. Atkinson Government Printer 249 pp. figs. [50]

Glover, C.J.M. 1994. Families Petromyzontidae, Myxinidae, Hexanchidae, Heterodontidae. pp. 82-90 figs 17-26 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. [82]

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Families Geotriidae and Mordaciidae. pp. 28-29 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [28]

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs. [109]

McCulloch, A.R. 1929. A check-list of the fishes recorded from Australia. Part I. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 5: 1–144 [2] (also as G. stenostoma)

McDowall, R.M. (ed.) 1980. Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed 208 pp., figs, 32 pls. [42]

McDowall, R.M. (ed.) 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Sydney : Reed Books 247 pp. [36]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [2] (1 and 2, as Yarra singularis)

Neira, F.J., Bradley, J.S., Potter, I.C. & Hillard, R.W. 1988. Morphological variation among widely dispersed larval populations of anadromous southern hemisphere lampreys (Geotriidae and Mordaciidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 92: 383-408 (found evidence that larvae from Argentina and South Georgia are different from larvae from Chile, Australia and New Zealand and the species as recgonised may be a composite of two distinct species)

Raadik, T.A. 1992. Distribution of freshwater fishes in east Gippsland, Victoria, 1967–1991. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 104: 1-22 [6]

Renaud, C.B. 2011. Lampreys of the World. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Lamprey Species Known to Date. FAO Species Catalogue for Fisheries Purposes No. 5. Rome : FAO 116 pp. [16]

Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia. Adelaide : Government Printer 392 pp. figs. [17]

Strahan, R. 1959. The status of Yarra singularis and Geotria australis (Petromyzonidae). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 42: 49-52

Strahan, R. 1960. A comparison of the ammocoete and macrophthalmia stages of Mordacia mordax and Geotria australis (Petromyzonidae). Pacific Science 14: 416-420

Waite, E.R. 1921. Illustrated catalogue of the fishes of South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 2(1): 1-208 293 figs pl. 1 [8]

Whitley, G.P. 1940. The Fishes of Australia. Part 1. The sharks, rays, devil-fish, and other primitive fishes of Australia and New Zealand. Sydney : Roy. Zool. Soc. N.S.W. 280 pp. 303 figs. [254] (and p. 256 as Yarra singularis)

Whitley, G.P. 1956. Freshwater fishes of Australia. 2. — Lampreys. Aqualife 1(9): 9-12 [9]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [33] (8)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
02-Feb-2012 02-Feb-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)