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Species: Remora albescens, White Remora, White Suckerfish Remora, White suckerfish

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body robust
head disc plates 12-14, reaches pectoral tip
C straight/rounded
pectoral rounded
pelvics narrowly attached to belly

Remora albescens (Temminck & Schlegel, 1850)

White suckerfish, White remora

Moderately elongate, robust; sucking disc on head medium length, reaches ~to tips of pectorals, with 12-14 plates; jaws broad, lower jaw projecting, top jaw not protractile; simple teeth on jaws, center of roof of mouth; operculum without spines; lower gill rakers ~10, including rudiments; pectoral broad, rounded 18-21 rays; dorsal with relatively short base, 15-22 rays; anal base ~ head length, 20-26 rays; pectorals rounded, high on body; pelvics small, blunt, narrowly joined to belly by membrane; tail bluntly straight to slightly rounded (forked in juvenile); scales small, smooth, imbedded.

Uniform pale grey to white.

Size: 30 cm.

Habitat: hosts are manta rays, sharks and marlin.

Depth: 0-100 m?

Circumtropical; N Carolina to Brazil.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Large fishes (billfishes, rays, sharks, etc), turtles & whales
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Ectoparasite cleaner
  • Data
  • Ectoparasites
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species.
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continental primarily
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 100