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Species: Torpedo andersoni, Florida Torpedo

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disc broad, front ~straight
snout short
eyes small
D1 base not passing pelvic base
C triangular
pale tan + brown blotches

Torpedo andersoni Bullis, 1962

Florida Torpedo

Disc circular, smooth, broad, front ~straight, thick at front and center, thinner on and behind sides; snout very short; eyes and spiracles very small, with papillae on border (more obvious in juveniles); two large, kidney shaped electric organs on sides of head; mouth moderate sized, with longitudinal grooves at sides, lips not cartilaginous and tubular; pectorals very thick at edges; tail thick, blending into trunk, shorter than disc; two dorsal fins, first larger, base of first dorsal does not reach past base of pelvic fin; tail fin large, triangular; skin smooth and spineless.

Upper body light tan to yellowish, with small, irregular red-brown blotches on disc and tail; lower surface cream.

Reaches 31 cm.

Benthic on coral to soft bottoms.

Depth range: 11-229 m.

The Greater Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • No Data
  • Sharks/rays
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 31
Depth Range Min
  • 11
Depth Range Max
  • 229