Quick facts for kidsElectric rays
|Marbled electric ray|
de Buen, 1926
Electric rays are found from shallow coastal waters down to at least 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) depth. They are sluggish and slow moving, propelling themselves along with their tails, rather than using their disc-shaped bodies, as other rays do. They feed on invertebrates and small fish. They lie in wait for prey below the sand or other substrate, using their electricity to stun and capture it.
The electric rays are regarded as monophyletic, though in detail the group has been classified in several ways. This is one way the order can be classified.
- Family Narcinidae (numbfishes)
- Subfamily Narcininae
- Subfamily Narkinae (sleeper rays)
- Family Torpedinidae (torpedo electric rays)
- Subfamily Hypninae (coffin rays)
- Subfamily Torpedininae
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