7 photos 1 species


Introduction


 There are 3 genera and 8 species.

The ship mounts have a large adhesive disc on their head.

This is used to attach themselves to larger fish such as sharks and rays, as well as turtles and whales.

This gives them a free ride and they also get leftover food.

In Maldivian they are called attamas, which means spider monkeys.

Depending on the species, they grow to between 30 cm and 1.10 metres in size.


Echeneis naucrates

Live sharksucker or Slender sharksucker

Juvenile
Juvenile
Attached to turtle shell
Attached to turtle shell
Attached to turtle shell
Attached to turtle shell
Attached to tiger grouper
Attached to tiger grouper
Attached to the swimming fin of our friend Robert
Attached to the swimming fin of our friend Robert

Maximum length: 60 cm

Depth: 1 - 60 m

Photo 1 Johnny: El Qesir Egypt

Photos 2 - 3 Johnny: Moalboal Philippines

Photo 4 - 5 Johnny: Bonaire Caribbean Sea

Photos 6 - 7 Johnny: Embudu Maldives