LESSER ELECTRIC RAY
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.
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.
Benthic feeder. Prefers marine worms, but may take juvenile snake eels, anemones, and
Aplacental viviparity. Three to 15 pups per litter.
Wingspan up to 18 inches.
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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