Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Pacific lamprey

Nominated by: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Conservation status: N/A

Why do you love it? Although ugly-looking, the Pacific lamprey is a member of an ancient family that has been unchanged for millennia, and belongs to the superclass Agnatha, meaning ‘before jaws’.

What are the threats to the Pacific lamprey? There is no single primary threat to its survival, however, artificial barriers to migration (dams), poor water quality, harvest, predation by non-native species, stream degradation, loss of estuarine habitat, decline in prey, climate change, dredging, and dewatering have all contributed to its decline.

What are you doing to save it? Many tribes, local, State, and Federal agencies are beginning to incorporate the needs of lampreys into management and monitoring plans. The Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s strategy to improve the status of Pacific Lamprey throughout their range by helping implement research and conservation actions. However, there is little systematic monitoring of abundance and distribution of this species.

Find out more about the work of CBD

Explore the profiles of other lamprey species on Arkive