The short-tail torpedo ray (Tetronarce macneilli), also known as the “electric ray” or just “torpedo,” is an animal in the Torpedinidae family that is endemic to Australia. Often found between 90 metres and 580 metres deep, they have been observed around the southern borders of Australia (including Tasmania), the north-western coast of West Australia and around Queensland. A carnivore that enjoys fish and crustaceans, they are seen in sandy or muddy substrates to better camouflage themselves.
It seems Hydrolagus lemures and H. ogilbyi is now one species, Chimaera ogilbyi. See paper here.
TFUI is diving into the deep with the blackfin ghostshark (Hydrolagus lemures) this week! Also known as the Bight ghostshark, they are a slender, silver-coloured chimaera that sports a long snout, large pectoral fins, and a dorsal spine. No worries, that spine is shorter than the dorsal fin itself!
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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