Drin brook lamprey

© Marco Wanke

The Drin brook lamprey is a mid-sized, non-predatory freshwater resident lamprey; re-described by Holčik & Šorić (2004) from the Istočka River in Kosovo and according to references therein, recorded from the Rastavički brook, Pećka River and Lake Ohrid. However, current records from the lake do not exist. Also recorded from the Pejes River in Kosovo (Grapci-Kotori 2010), and the Zeta River in Montenegro (Lang et al. 2009). Listed in Kottelat & Freyhof (2007) for the entire Drin drainage – this is logical, but catch records are scarce. Lampreys often have a scattered distribution and are not routinely captured in sampling campaigns when not specifically targeted, or they are misidentified. Damming, gravel extraction and pollution are the major threats to most freshwater lampreys (Maitland et al. 2015).

A cascade of thirteen hydropower projects (the first is in construction) on the Pećka River in Kosovo together with at least 10 other hydropower projects in the Drin drainage will likely eliminate at least 75% of the documented habitat for this species.

  • IUCN-Redlist Least Concern
  • EUR-HAB-DIR ---
  • Bern Convention ---
  • Hydropower Sensitivity Moderate to High
  • Balkan Dam Threat * Moderate to High

* The assessment of Balkan Dam Threat is based on the loss of habitat that would occur if all or most of the planned hydropower schemes in the distribution range of the species were to be built. For more precise specification see Fish Study, page 8.

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