Torpedo (genus)

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Torpedo is a genus of rays, commonly known as electric rays, torpedo rays, or torpedoes. They are slow-moving bottom-dwellers capable of generating electricity as a defense and feeding mechanism.

Quick facts: Torpedo Temporal range Early Eocene–Recent[1...
Temporal range: Early Eocene–Recent[1]
Torpedo torpedo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Torpediniformes
Family: Torpedinidae
Genus: Torpedo
Houttuyn, 1764
Type species
Torpedo torpedo

The naval weapon known as the torpedo was named after this genus, whose own name is derived from the Latin word torpidus meaning 'numb' or 'paralysed',[2] presumably the sensation one would feel after experiencing the ray's electric shock.