Lamprey ID help

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FP4LifesDad
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Lamprey ID help

Hey gang, caught (well kind of) this little guy on a white sucker we got on the Root river right at Eagle Cliff, I didn't see it on the fish until we turned around and it was flopping around on the beach (freaked me out for a sec cuz I wasn't sure what the hell it was LOL) once I picked it up we knew it was a lamprey, but now I've been trying to figure out which one.  I'm leaning towards silver but is a chestnut?  From what I've gathered so far brook lampreys aren't parasitic, the problem is their territories overlap in that area.  Any ideas I know the pictures make it a bit hard to tell?  Thanks all for any help I want to add it to FP's scrapbook but want to get a positive ID on it first.

This one is my favorite shot, ever since we watched the episode of River Monsters where Jeremy stuck a lamprey on his neck and it not only stuck almost instantly he was bleeding too.  Apparently FP remembered that episode cuz the look on his face is priceless, the thing is about ready to go sailing thru the air! 

Susquehannock
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Lamprey

Cool! I've always half hoped to catch a fish with a lamprey, but there are just so few lampreys in the Susquehanna basin that they don't really show up in the waters I spend most of my time on. 

You're right about the brook lamprey being non-parasitic, and although it's hard to tell from these pictures, I'd probably go with a silver, too.

Are there more pictures?

Susquehannock

FP4LifesDad
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Thanks man.  No, looking back

Thanks man.  No, looking back I should have gotten some more pics of it, such a cool looking little thing (in a creepy kinda way).  I'm trying to dig up better data from that specific area, but playing the odds I'll probably go silver, unless someone tells me otherwise, there are some really great IDing peeps on here, I was a marine bio major in college but never got into specific ID stuff for this area so I love learning new stuff all the time from this site and it's members.