Perhaps the most known members are those of the genus Torpedo, also called crampfish and numbfish, after which the device called a torpedo is named. The name comes from the Latin "torpere", to be stiffened or paralyzed, referring to the effect on someone who handles or steps on a living electric ray.
Torpedo rays are excellent swimmers. Their round disk shaped bodies allow them to remain suspended in the water or roam for food with minimal swimming effort.
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE ISSUES NOTICE ABOUT 90-DAY FINDING ON PETITION TO LIST CARIBBEAN ELECTRIC RAY AS THREATENED OR ENDANGERED
Mar 23, 2011; WASHINGTON, March 23 -- National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a notice called: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Notice...