|PISCES : TORPEDINIFORMES : Torpedinidae||CARTILAGINOUS FISH|
Description: Electric rays have rounded disc-like bodies and smooth skin and two dorsal fins located on a short, thick tail. The upper surface of the ray is dark greyish-blue to dark brown and the underside is white. Adult fish can be up to 2m long.
Habitat: The electric ray is usually found on sand or mud at depths between 10-350m. It catches and envelops bottom-living fish in its pectoral fins and delievers a powerful electic shock from the electric organs located in the pectoral fins, stunning or killing the fish before it eats it.
Distribution: Although this species has been recorded from all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland it is rarely encountered by divers.
Similar Species: The marbled electric ray (Torpedo marmorata) is similar in shape but can easily be distinguished by its marbled coloration and papillae-like processes around the inner edge of the spiracles.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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