Torpedo cf. nobiliana (South coast torpedo)
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Torpedo cf. nobiliana (South coast torpedo) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A large electric ray with a huge paddle-shaped
caudal fin, no papillae around the spiracle, and uniform shiny black
or dark grey upper surface. Underside white.
To 1.2 m TL here
and 1.8 m elsewhere.
West and southeast coast, Lu"deritz,
Namibia, to Mossel Bay and possibly Algoa Bay; Atlantic and
Outer shelf and upper slope here, on or
near bottom at 110 to 457 m; occurs close inshore in western north
Little known in the area. Can deliver a powerful
shock. Probably swims well off the bottom. Eats large bottom and
pelagic bony fish, and small sharks.
Text by Leonard J.V. Compagno, David A. Ebert
and Malcolm J. Smale