Scientific Name
Remora brachyptera  
Remora brachyptera短臂短印魚
by: ©South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)
Author (Lowe, 1839) Depth 0 - 50M
Chinese 短臂短印魚 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鮣科 Economic Fish No 
Family F363 Echeneidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 短臂短鮣 
Max Length 40 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 印仔魚、印魚(臺東) 
Distribution in World global   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、North、North East、PonFu 
Habitats Ocean、Coastal  Holotype Locality Madeira 
Synonyms Echeneis brachyptera, Echeneis nieuhofii, Echeneis pallida, Echeneis quatuordecimlaminatus, Echeneis sexdecimlamellata   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Gudger, E.W. 1928 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0058168. ASIZP0062579. ASIZP0062612. ASIZP0900407. FRIP00935. FRIP03144. FRIP21376. NMMBP06158. NTUM01585. NTUM02341. NTUM04389.  
Common Name Rémora; Remora; Swordfish sucker; Spearfish remora; Grey marlinsucker 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body not elongate, its depth contained 5 to 8 times in standard length. Jaws broad, the lower projecting beyond the upper. First dorsal fin replaced by a transversal, laminated, oval cephalic disc with 15 to 18 laminae, posterior end of sucking disc before posterior end of pectoral fin; second dorsal fin and anal fin long, lacking spines, the dorsal fin with 27 to 34 and anal fin with 22 to 28 soft rays; pectoral fins rounded; caudal fin forked in young, becoming truncatein adults. Total gill rakers on first gill arch less than 21. Body and fins blackish-brown; dorsal and anal fins with white margin, upper and lower posterior tips of caudal fin white.
habitats Found on the body and inside gill chamber of billfishes and swordfishes, rarely on any other fishes. 
Distribution Worldwide in warm seas. It is common in waters around Taiwan. 
Utility No commercial value.