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  Common names: whalesucker (English), rémora (Espanol)
Remora australis (Bennett, 1840)


Body elongate, robust; dorsal and anal bases < 2x head length; head disc very long (almost ½ body length), reaches beyond pectorals, with 24-28 plates; gill rakers 17-20, 13-19 lower rakers; pectoral short, blunt, 21-24 rays; dorsal and anal bases similar length, a little longer than head; dorsal 22-26 rays, anal 21-26 rays; tail slightly concave (forked in juvenile); pelvics long, pointed, broadly attached to belly. 

Dark blue to slate grey, dorsal and anal fins with narrow white margin.

Size: 76 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, hosts are whales.

Depth: 0-200 m?

A circumtropical species, found throughout our region except for the upper Gulf of California.


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