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White-tailed Remora

posted: 05/15/12
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White-tailed Remora
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The White-tailed Remora is also referred to as a Sharksucker. It has an elongated silver-white body with a black racing stripe running down the side. The front dorsal fin has modified itself into a suction cup-like disc that is used to attach itself to a host species. Another modification that has occurred over the course of evolution is to the loss of its swimbladder. It is still quite an agile swimmer. In the wild, it will attach to a shark, turtle, or any large animal that feeds regularly and leaves scraps which provides the remora with food.

A 250 gallon or larger tank is suitable. In an aquarium setting, it will not require a host fish, but would not shun one if room is available.

The Remora is considered by many to be an opportunistic feeder, and its diet should consist of small fish, crustaceans, invertebrates, and any other available meaty item.

Fish Facts

Name: White-tailed Remora (Echeneis naucrates)

Family: Echeneididae

Range: Global

Size: Up to 40 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 250 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Top

Care Level: Moderate

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