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Species: Diplobatis colombiensis, Colombian Electric Ray

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disco oval, front convex
eyes large
spots circular, not numerous, ~eye size

Diplobatis colombiensis Fechhelm & McEachran, 1984

Colombian Electric Ray

Disc slightly oval, with moderately convex front edge; well-developed electrical organs visible as kidney-shaped mounds on either side of the head; nostrils subdivided with two openings; eyes normally developed, not covered by skin; mouth tubular, protractile, teeth entirely inside mouth when it is closed; 2 dorsal fins of equal size; outer part of inner edge of pelvic fins not joined to side of tail; male claspers not continuous with inner edge of pelvic fins; moderately stout tail with skin fold from under rear of 1st dorsal base to origin of tail fin; tail fin well developed, triangular, upper and lower lobes continuous around the tip.

Upper surface golden tan, with not numerous, brown, round ~eye-sized spots symmetrically arranged on disc and tail; lower surface cream to white.

Reaches 17 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 30-107 m.

The southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 17
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Depth Range Max
  • 107