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Electrophorus electricus (Electric eel)

Synonyms: Electrophorus multivalvulus; Gymnotus electricus; Gymnotus regius; Gymnotus tremulus
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Wikipedia Abstract

For other meanings, see Electric eel (disambiguation).The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is an electric fish, and the only species in that genus. They are capable of generating powerful electric shocks of up to 600 volts, which they use for hunting, self-defense, and communicating with fellow eels. Despite the name, it is not an eel, but rather a knifefish.
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Diet [1]  Carnivore
Maximum Longevity [2]  13 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Rivers and Streams

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Reserva de la Biosfera de Yasuni Biosphere Reserve 4156313 Ecuador  
Sierra del Divisor Reserve Zone 3652986 Peru      

Prey / Diet

Electrophorus electricus (Electric eel)[3]


Electrophorus electricus (Electric eel)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Artis Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Houston Zoo, Inc.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Miami Metrozoo
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
New York Aquarium
Newport Aquarium
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Parc Merveilleux
Parque Zoologico Huachipa
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Randers Regnskov
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Toronto Zoo
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Universeum Science Center
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr
Zoo Zürich


Amazon; America, South - Inland waters; Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Neotropical; Orinoco; Peru; South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins, and related areas in northern South America.; South America: Amazonas Basin. Orinoco, and related areas in northern South America.; Suriname; Venezuela;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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