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ammocoete (ˈæməˌsiːt) or
(Zoology) the larva of primitive jawless vertebrates, such as the lamprey, that lives buried in mud and feeds on microorganisms
[C19: from New Latin ammocoeteēs, literally: that lie in sand, from Greek ammos sand + koitē bed, from keisthai to lie]
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Like most lampreys (family Petromyzontidae), both of these species have complex life cycles that include an extended larval stage (the ammocoete
stage) and a relatively brief adult stage (Hardisty, 2006).
Basin-scale patterns in the drift of embryonic and larval fishes and lamprey ammocoetes
in two coastal rivers.
The adults die after having laid some 270 000 eggs, and the newly hatched lamprey, which are called ammocoetes
, feed on detritus in a slow moving part of the river for several years before transforming into the adult lamprey.