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Electrophorus electricus (Electric eel)

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

The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is an electric fish, and the only species in that genus. Despite the name, it is not an eel, but rather a knifefish.
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Maximum Longevity [2]  13 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Rivers and Streams
Diet [1]  Carnivore

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.)


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;

External References



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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