Remora remora

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
EcheneidaeRemora remora(Linnaeus)1758Remora

All Remora — Body not elongate, depth contained 5-8 times in standard length. Pectoral fins rounded. Color nearly uniform, without bands. Anal-fin soft rays 18-28. Caudal fin forked in young becoming emarginate or truncate in adults.

Remora remora

Unique Characters: Total gill rakers 28-37.

Similar Species:

Whalesucker Remora australis

Spearfish Remora Remora brachyptera

Marlinsucker
Remora osteochir

Whalesucker Remora australis. Total gill rakers 17-20. Disc laminae 24-28. Hosts usually cetaceans.

Spearfish Remora Remora brachyptera. Total gill rakers 11-17. Disc laminae 27-34. Preferred hosts, billfishes. Dorsal-fin soft rays 27-34. Disc length 28-40% standard length. Pectoral-fin rays 23-27; outer two-thirds of pectoral-fin rays flexible.

Marlinsucker Remora osteochir. Total gill rakers 11-17. Disc laminae 27-34. Preferred hosts, billfishes. Dorsal-fin soft rays 21-27. Disc length 37-49% standard length. Pectoral-fin rays 20-24; pectoral-fin rays stiff to their tips in specimens longer than 150 mm standard length.

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