Remora brachyptera   (Lowe,  1839) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Carvalho Filho, A.

Size: Maximum 50.0 cm TL; common length 25.0 cm TL

Body cylindrical and elongate, possessing an oblong cephalic disk with 14 to 17 transverse laminae, cranium depressed (supporting cephalic disk), dorsal fin with 27 to 44 rays, first gill arch with fewer than 21 gill rakers Body entirely white to pale blue. Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 27 - 34, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 25 - 34.

Found on the body and inside gill chamber of billfishes and swordfishes, rarely on any other fishes, also in the gill cavities and mouths of sharks.

Synonym (s)
Echeneis brachyptera Lowe, 1839
(Senior synonym)
Echeneis nieuhofii Bleeker, 1853
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis pallida Temminck & Schlegel, 1850
Echeneis quatuordecimlaminatus Storer, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis sexdecimlamellata Eydoux & Gervais, 1837
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Venkatraman, K; Srinivasan, M; Satyanarayana, CH and Prabhakar D (2002) Faunal diversity of Gulf of Mannar biosphere reserve Conservation area series 15 ZSI 77 pp; VIII pla Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -

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