Tetronarce tremens (de Buen, 1959)
Chilean torpedo
Tetronarce tremens
photo by Zagal, C.

Family:  Torpedinidae (Electric rays)
Max. size:  90 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 700 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Costa Rica (Ref. 9264) and Chile (Ref. 9068).
Biology:  Lives on the continental shelf, usually in very shallow waters. Feeds on invertebrates and benthic fishes. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Maturity size of males usually at ca. 40 cm TL (Ref. 114953). The electric organs can produce a discharge of about 45 volts, depending on the size of the animal. The discharge is used to stun prey and as defense against predators.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 31 January 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  other
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 03.06.95
Modified by: Abucay, Luisa - 20.08.18

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