Remora albescens   (Temminck & Schlegel,  1850) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 110 mm

Color: Uniform brownish.

Body stout, moderately elongate. Head 4.3 in standard length, 4.9 in to total length. Depth of body 7.3 in standard length, 8.7 in total length. Eye diameter 6.6 in head and 2.8 in snout. Sucking disc with 13 transverse laminae, not quite reaching to end of pectorals, 1.55 in head, its breadth 1.55 in its length. A row of hooked teeth in front of upper jaw with several rows of shorter teeth in behind. Lower jaw with bands of small teeth, outer row caninoid. Maxillary reaching to below hind nostril. Dorsal fin origin somewhat behind a level from that of anal fin, and midway between tip of sucking disc and base of caudal fin. Pectoral fin rounded, about 1.3 in head. Caudal fin truncate. Ventral fin narrowly adnate to abdomen, slightly more than postorbital length of head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 18; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 19; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 18; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5.

Found in the gill chamber of Manta birostris.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Echeneis albescens Temminck and Schlegel 1850
Remora albescens Smith 1949

Common Name (s)
• Atta Mas
• White Remora
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Discover life Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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