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Electric Eel

Electric Eel
Scientific Name
Electrophorus electricus
Body Length

Up to 2.5 m

Body Weight

Up to 20 kg

Amazon and Orinoco River basins
Fun Facts

Fun Facts

  • Electric eels have three organs for producing electricity, which occupy about 80% of their body. They can emit a strike as high as 650 volts to attack prey or defend themselves. Their thick and slimy skin protects their own body from the electricity.

  • Electric eels are nocturnal fish that live in muddy river bottoms. Instead of vision, they rely on the transmission of weak electric signals to navigate and locate prey. It is also used for communication among electric eels and searching for mates.

Threats & Conservation

IUCN Red List: Least Concern
IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Some electric eels are caught by local people as food. These fish rely on a clean river to survive.

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