Narke capensis

(Gmelin, 1789)

Cape numbfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Torpediniformes Narkidae

Reference of the original description
Gmelin, J.F. (1789)
Caroli a Linné. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species; cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio decimo tertia, aucta, reformata. 3 vols. in 9 parts. Lipsiae, 1788–93. Caroli a Linné ... Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species; ... v. 1(pt 3): 1033–1516

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Narcine capensis, Raia rapensis, Raja capensis, Raja rapensis, Torpedo capensis

Narke capensis

Torpedo capensis
Holotype: BMNH: 1853.11.12.202 (Gronovius coll.)

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Citation: Narke capensis (Gmelin, 1789): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2021

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Common names
spa Pez temblador del Cabo, fra \(T\) Poisson engourdeur du Cap, eng Cape numbfish, eng Onefin electric ray

Short Description
Small ray with an almost circular disc and an elongated caudal fin [536]. Yellowish-brown above with yellowish patches on upper tail, yellow with brown margins below [536].

Southeast Atlantic: Cape Point to central Natal, South Africa. Possibly occurring in Mozambique and Madagascar [536]. Source:

Occurs offshore on the shelf; also common on sandy and muddy bottoms at 20-115 m. Feeds mainly on polychaetes.

Size / Weight / Age
38.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

demersal; marine; depth range 20 - 183 m (Ref. 6589)

shark-references Species-ID=4061;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Electrocotyle whittingtoni Vaughan, Chisholm & Hansen, 2016 [24521]