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Remora Sucking Disc Actually Modified Dorsal Fin
2013-06-07 13:51:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Remora fish have fascinated men since ancient times, when they would use the sucking disc on top of their heads to attach themselves to the hulls of boats. Our ancestors mistakenly believed the fish´s intent was to maliciously slow the boat down. Our knowledge of these strange-looking fish has come a long way, as scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and London's Natural History Museum have just reported that the...


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2007-04-19 10:28:11

The Spearfish remora, Remora brachyptera, is a remora of the family Echeneidae, found circumglobally in tropical and subtropical seas. Its length is up to (50 cm). The spearfish remora is an elongate round-bodied fish, with a large oval suction disc on top of the head. This disc is actually a highly modified first dorsal fin with a raised flattened edge that acts as a seal, and a series of horizontal septae that can be moved so as to create a vacuum in a sealed chamber. Using this device...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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