Torpedo fuscomaculata

Peters, 1855

Black-spotted torpedo
Classification: Elasmobranchii Torpediniformes Torpedinidae

Reference of the original description
Peters, W.C.H. (1855)
Uebersicht der in Mossambique beobachteten Seefische. Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung geeigneten Verhandlungen der Königlich Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1855, 428–466

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Fimbriotorpedo fuscomaculata, Fimbriotorpedo smithii, Narcacion fuscomaculatus, Narcobatus smithi, Torpedo cf. fuscomaculata, Torpedo smithii, Torpedo (Torpedo) fuscomaculata

Torpedo fuscomaculata
Lectotype: ZMB: 4573; Paralectotype: ZMB: 4573;
Torpedo smithii
Holotype: BMNH: 1852.8.12.46;

Description :

Citation: Torpedo fuscomaculata Peters, 1855: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Torpedo fuscomaculata Peters, 1855, ERB 0464, female, 29,5 cm TL, 20,0 cm DW, South Africa © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
fra \(T\) Raie trembleur, eng Black-spotted torpedo, eng Blackspotted electric ray

Short Description
Large ray with a small caudal fin and small papillae around the spiracles [536]. Dull grey above with variable markings, often in the form of dark lines or large spots; white below [536].

Western Indian Ocean: with certainty from southern Mozambique to Cape Agulhas, South Africa. Possibly occurring off smaller islands in the Indian Ocean but identity of specimens uncertain and need verification. Source:

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].

Size / Weight / Age
64.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [20091])

reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 439 m [20053]

shark-references Species-ID=7174;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Pseudocharopinus malleus (Rudolphi in Von Nordmann, 1832) [27915] [32531]