Animal Species:Tasmanian Numbfish, Narcine tasmaniensis Richardson, 1841
The Tasmainian Numbfish is an endemic species that lacks markings on the disc.
Standard Common Name
Electric Ray, Electric Torpedo, Ground Shark, Little Numbfish, Numbfish
The Tasmanian Numbfish is yellowish to brown, without markings on the dorsal surface. The concave-margined disc is shorter than the tail.
It grows to about 47 cm in length.
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.
Marine waters, coastally in Tasmania and in deeper waters further north.
- 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.
- 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