Electric ray

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The electric rays are a group of rays, flattened cartilaginous fish with enlarged pectoral fins, composing the order Torpediniformes /tɔːrˈpɛdɪnɪfɔːrmz/. They are known for being capable of producing an electric discharge, ranging from 8 to 220 volts, depending on species, used to stun prey and for defense.[2] There are 69 species in four families.

Quick facts: Electric rays Temporal range Eocene–Recent[1...
Electric rays
Temporal range: Eocene–Recent[1]
Marbled electric ray
(Torpedo marmorata)
Lesser electric ray
(Narcine bancroftii)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Superorder: Batoidea
Order: Torpediniformes
F. de Buen, 1926
Families
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Perhaps the best known members are those of the genus Torpedo. The torpedo undersea weapon is named after it. The name comes from the Latin torpere, 'to be stiffened or paralyzed', from the effect on someone who touches the fish.[3]