Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 17-22 rays. Anal fin with 21-26 rays. Pectoral rays 18-21. Body depth 7.5 in standard length. Head with sucking disc, containing 13-14 laminae. Pelvic fins narrowly attached to abdomen. Colour: Pale grey to white.
Habitat and Biology: Usually associated with manta rays (family Mobulidae), attaching near mouth, in mouth cavity and gill chambers.
Remarks: The white remora, Remorina albescens, is probably fairly common in the Maldives, but it is almost never seen, by either divers or fishermen, because it usually lives in the mouth cavities of manta rays. The specimen on which this record is based was taken from a manta ray caught during an offshore fishing survey, on 26 November 1988.