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| Common names: suckerfish (English), rémora (Espanol) |
Phtheirichthys lineatus (Menzies, 1791)
Very elongate (depth < 10% of SL); sucking disc on head small, 9-11 plates, reaches ~ center of pectoral fin; gill rakers 1-3 above, 14-17 below; pectoral pointed, 17-21 rays; base of dorsal and anal fins very long, bases 2-3x head length; dorsal 32-28 rays; anal 31-38 rays; tail with W shaped margin (central rays filamentous in juvenile).
Upper half blue-black, abruptly white lower half; 3 stripes along flank, blue above, black, silver below; tail black with white upper and lower rear margins.
Size: 76 cm.
Habitat: usually on large fishes or sharks, and turtle.
Depth: 0-100 m?
A circumtropical species, found throughout our region.