Electric Eel (Electrophorus Electricus)

Electric eel is one of the types of fish that is live in shallow, muddy and fresh water. But, it is not an exact eel it is a type of catfish. They are mostly found in South America’s Amazon and Orinoco rivers.

Scientific classification of Electric Eels

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Gymnotiformes
  • Family: Gymnotidae
  • Genus: Electrophorus

Electric eel can grow up to 2.5 m long and weight up to 20 kg. They occur away from the mud and shallow water surface for every 10 minutes because to breathe atmospheric air.

Specialty of Electric Eel

The Special thing about the electric eel is they can produce electricity nearly 370 volts to 600 volts. The 80% of organs in their body holds a position for making electricity. This is used for both their prey and prevent from its predators. It has poor eyesight, so they spend up to 10 volt electricity for searching their prey.

The other special things of electric eel are their breeding behavior. It is happening in dry season, a male eel create a nest by his saliva and the female eel lays her eggs in that nest. More than 17000 eels are come out from the eggs in one nest. It can live around 15 to 22 years.

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