Want to start your day off with some shocking news? Here it is: this next animal TFUI is introducing you is a medium-sized numbfish that gives off a smaller shock than Coffin and Torpedo rays. Meet the Tasmanian numbfish (Narcine tasmaniensis), a critter that is common throughout its range. Where is its range? Good question! They have been observed in Western Australia and the waters around Tasmania. In Tasmania, they are seen on the continental shelf but tend to stick to waters 100 metres (m) and shallower. Elsewhere, it prefers the continental slope and occurs at 200-640 m in depth.
With a medium-sized numbfish (reaching up to 47 cm in total length) comes medium-sized eyes. Like other shocking individuals, they have smooth skin that lacks denticles, spines or thorns and is often creased. Both dorsal fins are upright and about equal in size, with a caudal fin and pectoral fins all being broad and rounded (perfect for slow-moving animals like this one).
Dorsally they are chocolate brown in color and their fins are usually paler. Their underbelly is white, and sometimes has a few dark markings on it. Juveniles of this species tend to have blotches all over and a dark stripe! Speaking of juveniles, the Tasmanian numbfish gives birth to live young, and litters range from 1-8 pups. These pups tend to be 9-12 cm at birth. Males reach maturity at approximately 20 cm, females around 21 cm. The IUCN has assessed these animals as Least Concern (LC).
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