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Remora remora

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sucker reaches tip pectoral,  16-22 plates
D 21-27


gill rakers 28-37
pelvics broadly attached to belly


Remora remora (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common remora

Elongate, moderately robust; distinctive flat head with sucking disc of 16-22 plates, reaches to about end of pectoral fin; lower jaw projecting; gill rakers 28-37, 26-28 lower rakers; dorsal rays 21-27; anal rays 20-24; pectoral rays 25-32; tail fin slightly concave to straight; pelvics broadly joined to belly.

Uniformly dark greyish brown.

Size: grows to 86 cm.

Habitat: commonly attached to sharks, sometimes in gill chamber, but also on large fishes, rays, and turtles.

Depth: 0-200 m?

Circumtropical; throughout the tropical eastern Pacific except for the upper Gulf of California.

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