Echeneis neucratoides

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
EcheneidaeEcheneis neucratoidesZuiew1786Whitefin Sharksucker

Echeneis neucratoides

Unique Characters: Body very elongate, depth contained 8-14 times in standard length. Pectoral fins pointed. Usually a dark longitudinal band on sides, bordered with white. Anal-fin soft rays 29-41. Caudal fin lanceolate in young, the middle rays filamentous, almost truncate in adults, the lobes produced. Sucking disc large, with 18-28 laminae. Disc laminae usually 21. Dorsal-fin rays usually 36; anal-fin soft rays usually 33. More white on fins at all sizes.

Similar Species:

Slender Suckerfish
Phtheirichthys lineatus

Sharksucker
Echeneis naucrates

Echeneis naucrates
Sharksucker – Echeneis naucrates

Slender Suckerfish Phtheirichthys lineatus. Body very elongate, depth contained 8-14 times in standard length. Pectoral fins pointed. Usually a dark longitudinal band on sides, bordered with white. Anal-fin soft rays 29-41. Caudal fin lanceolate in young, the middle rays filamentous, almost truncate in adults, the lobes produced. Sucking disc small, with 9 -11 laminae.

Sharksucker Echeneis naucrates. Body very elongate, depth contained 8-14 times in standard length. Pectoral fins pointed. Usually a dark longitudinal band on sides, bordered with white. Anal-fin soft rays 29-41. Caudal fin lanceolate in young, the middle rays filamentous, almost truncate in adults, the lobes produced. Sucking disc large, with 18-28 laminae. Disc laminae usually 23. Dorsal-fin rays usually 39; anal-fin soft rays usually 36. Tips of dorsal, anal, and caudal fins white.

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