Jawless Fishes of the World
Lampreys inhabit freshwater, brackish and marine environments and are represented by over 40 parasitic and non-parasitic species. They are widely distributed and most abundant in the Northern hemisphere but some species occur also in the southern hemisphere. These animals have specific life cycle characterized by a long larval stage (ammocete) in freshwater with subsequent radical metamorphosis. Lampreys play significant roles in freshwater and marine ecosystems as prey and parasites or predators for variety of aquatic animals. Some species are commercially important; others may damage fish in commercial catches. Despite a long history of research, lampreys still remain insufficiently studied.
The main purpose of this symposium is to provide an overview of the current status of knowledge on the variety of topics related to jawless fishes including their taxonomy, zoogeography, phylogeny, molecular biology, evolution, life history, role in the ecosystem, stock assessment, fisheries and management of hagfishes and lampreys worldwide. Also, the research needs and perspectives for further advancement in this field shall be identified. Publication of proceedings with papers presented at this symposium is intended.