Tetronarce fairchildi

(Hutton, 1872)


New Zealand torpedo
Classification: Elasmobranchii Torpediniformes Torpedinidae

Reference of the original description
Hutton, F.W. (1872)
Fishes of New Zealand. Catalogue with diagnoses of the species [Followed by an article by J. Hector, Notes on the edible fishes, pp. 95-133] Colonial Museum and Geological Survey Department. Wellington. Fishes of New Zealand. Catalogue with diagnoses of the species.: 1–93 + 95–133, Pls. 1–12. [Plates used for both articles; new taxa by Hutton.]

Types
Tetronarce fairchildi



Description :


Citation: Tetronarce fairchildi (Hutton, 1872): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2021

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Common names
eng Electric ray, eng Maataa, eng New Zealand torpedo, eng Torpedo

Short Description
Dark grey dorsally, white ventrally [578].

Distribution
Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand. Specimens recently seen at Norfolk Island may be this species. Torpedo macneilli from Australia is very similar to this species [1388]. Source: www.gbif.org

Biology
Exhibit ovoviparity (aplacental viviparity), with embryos feeding initially on yolk, then receiving additional nourishment from the mother by indirect absorption of uterine fluid enriched with mucus, fat or protein through specialised structures [733]. Found on the continental shelf and upper slope. Feeds on fish, probably at night.

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [578])

Habitat
bathydemersal; marine; depth range 5 - 1153 m [578]