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    LESSER ELECTRIC RAY
    Narcine bancroftii



    Identification
    Grayish to reddish brown, with many rounded
    dark blotches that are outlined with blackish
    circles on the dorsal disc.  Disc white ventrally.  
    Round disc with a thick tail and well developed
    dorsal fins and caudal fin.  No spine on tail.  
    Two electric organs, set on either side of the head,
    are visible ventrally as kidney shaped honeycombs.


    Habitat
    Inhabits coastal waters, on sand or mud bottoms. Common along sandy shorelines,
    seagrass beds, and sometimes near coral reefs.  Found from the surf zone up to 200 feet.

    Feeding
    Benthic feeder.  Prefers marine worms, but may take juvenile snake eels, anemones, and
    small crustaceans.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Three to 15 pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Wingspan up to 18 inches.

    Human Factors
    Non-aggressive species of little danger to humans.  Can discharge a shock between 14
    and 37 volts, primarily used for defense.  Contact with the disc in the pectoral region can
    produce a mild electric shock, not enough to injure a human.














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