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electric ray

family torpedo rays

Any of a family of sluggish, bottom-living marine rays, widespread in tropical to temperate seas; body disc rounded, skin smooth, tail robust; well-developed electric organs produce strong shocks to stun prey; also called torpedo rays; includes large N Atlantic species, Torpedo nobiliana; length up to 1·8 m/6 ft. (Family: Torpedinidae.)

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