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Echeneis naucrates
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Echeneis naucrates
Remora remora
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Remora remora

Remora albescens
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Remora albescens
Remora remora
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Remora remora

Remora albescens
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Remora albescens
Remora osteochir
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Remora osteochir

Remora remora
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Remora remora
Remora
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Remora

Remora australis
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Remora australis
Remora brachyptera
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Remora brachyptera

Remora osteochir
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Remora osteochir
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Remora remora
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Remora remora

Echeneidae
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Echeneidae
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Overview
Main identification features
  • head flattened, with laminated disc
  • dorsal and anal finslong bases
  • body elongate
FAMILY ECHENEIDAE

SUCKERFISHES, REMORAS

These peculiar fishes are easily distinguished by the sucking-disc composed of a series of transverse plates on top of the head which represents a modification of the spiny dorsal fin. The body is slender and somewhat rounded in cross section; the second dorsal and anal fins are similar in shape and opposite one another.

These sea-going hitchhikers use their suction apparatus to attach themselves to large marine animals including sharks, rays, bony fishes, turtles, whales, and dolphins. Occasionally they latch on to boats or even unsuspecting divers. They feed on scraps that result from the feeding activities of their hosts; in addition they sometimes eat parasitic crustaceans that have attached to the hosts. Some species are restricted to specific hosts.

The family contains four genera and eight species, most of which occur worldwide. The group was comprehensively covered by Robins et al.(1986). In our region there are seven species, all circumtropical, from four genera.


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