Tag: Remoras (Echeneidae)

The Remora (Echeneidae) family is a small group consisting of 8 species within 4 genera.

They are slender, elongated fish with the distinctive feature being a highly modified dorsal fin which takes the form of a suction cup. The Remora uses this suction cup to attach itself to larger host animals such as Sharks, Rays, Groupers, Turtles or even scuba divers!

This attachment causes the host no direct harm, although it may cause some irritation of the skin after prolonged periods.

By catching a free ride, the Remora benefits both in terms of protection and by picking up scraps of food from the host. In some cases the host may benefit by the Remora cleaning parasites from its body.

Remoras may reach a maximum length of around 1m, although smaller individuals are more common in local waters.

The Remora (Echeneidae) family is a small group consisting of 8 species within 4 genera.

They are slender, elongated fish with the distinctive feature being a highly modified dorsal fin which takes the form of a suction cup. The Remora uses this suction cup to attach itself to larger host animals such as Sharks, Rays, Groupers, Turtles or even scuba divers!

This attachment causes the host no direct harm, although it may cause some irritation of the skin after prolonged periods.

By catching a free ride, the Remora benefits both in terms of protection and by picking up scraps of food from the host. In some cases the host may benefit by the Remora cleaning parasites from its body.

Remoras may reach a maximum length of around 1m, although smaller individuals are more common in local waters.

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Slender Suckerfish (Phtheirichthys lineatus) mistakes a diver for a big fish!!

A Slender Suckerfish (Phtheirichthys Lineatus) mistakes a diver for just another big fish with which it can catch a free ride.