Family: ECHENEIDAE (Suckerfishes or Remoras)
Remora is derived from Latin, remorari, meaning "to linger, to delay."
Remoras are easily distinguished by the flattened area on top of the head, which forms a sucking disk of 15 to 19 transverse laminations. Dark grayish brown in color, they are up to 62 cm (24.4 in.) in length.
Range and Habitat
Remoras are found in open seas at tropical latitudes around world. They are commonly found attached to sharks, manta rays, and other large fishes.
Remoras attach themselves to larger fishes for protection and access to food. They are opportunistic feeders, eating leftover scaps of the prey their host is consuming. They have been known to attach themselves to unaware divers, perhaps confusing them with a large fish.
Text by Patricia Beller
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