A genus of fished included in the Goby family, and of which the common remora or sucking fish, is the typical example. These fishes have on the top of the head a peculiar sucking-disc, composed of a series of cartilaginous plates arranged transversely, by means of which they attach themselves to other fish or to the bottoms of vessels.
Logan Marshall, Ed. International Self-Pronouncing Reference Library (five vols.) (Philadelphia, PA: International Press, 1911)