Animal Species:Tasmanian Numbfish, Narcine tasmaniensis Richardson, 1841

The Tasmainian Numbfish is an endemic species that lacks markings on the disc.

Tasmanian Numbfish, Narcine tasmaniensis

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Standard Common Name

Tasmanian Numbfish

Alternative Name/s

Electric Ray, Electric Torpedo, Ground Shark, Little Numbfish, Numbfish

Identification

The Tasmanian Numbfish is yellowish to brown, without markings on the dorsal surface. The concave-margined disc is shorter than the tail.

Size range

It grows to about 47 cm in length.

Distribution

 This endemic species occurs from northern New South Wales to eastern Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Narcine tasmaniensis

Habitat

 Marine waters, coastally in Tasmania and in deeper waters further north.

Classification

Species:
tasmaniensis
Genus:
Narcine
Family:
Narcinidae
Order:
Torpediniformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1.  Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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