Electric Organs, Fishes
Electric organs, found in six groups of fishes (Fig. 1), are structures specialized to generate electric fields in the animals’ external environment. In some the voltages are large enough to stun prey or repel predators. These, the strongly electric fishes, include the electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) from South America, the electric catfish (Malapte rurus electricus) from Africa, the family of electric rays, the Torpedinidae, which are cosmopolitan and marine, and possibly the stargazers (Astroscopus sp.) of the Western Atlantic.
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