Narcinops tasmaniensis

(Richardson, 1841)

Tasmanian numbfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Torpediniformes Narcinidae

Reference of the original description
Richardson, J. (1841)
New or little known fishes from the Australian seas. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1841: 21–22

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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Narcine tasmaniensis

Narcinops tasmaniensis

Narcine tasmaniensis
Holotype: BMNH: 1953.8.10.8

Description :

Citation: Narcinops tasmaniensis (Richardson, 1841): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2021

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Narcinops tasmaniensis RICHARDSON, 1841 © Craig Barnes
Common names
eng Electric ray, eng Electric torpedo, eng Ground shark, eng Little numbfish, eng Numbfish, eng Tasmanian numbfish

Southwest Pacific: Australia (including New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania). Source:

Found on the continental shelf and slope (Ref. 75154). Occurs on sand or mud bottoms, occasionally near rocky reefs. Feeds on amphipods, shrimp, and worms.

Size / Weight / Age
47.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 5 - 640 m [1388]

shark-references Species-ID=14815;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Anthobothrium hickmani Crowcroft, 1946 [15855]