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Genus: Benthobatis, Blind Electric Ray, Blind Numbfish, Ray Numbfish


All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

disc elongate, front convex
eyes ~absent
snout long
2 similar, rounded Ds
pelvics: all inner edge attached to C base
C oval

BENTHOBATIS

BLIND NUMBFISH, RAY NUMBFISH

Disc oval, longer than wide, front convex, soft, with flaccid edges; snout long; well-developed electrical organs visible as kidney-shaped mounds on either side of the head; nostrils with only one opening; eyes minute, almost entirely concealed by skin, usually not visible, separated from spiracles by distance equal to width of spiracle; spiracles small, with transverse openings; mouth transverse, tubular, narrow, protractile; central top teeth extending onto lips and exposed when mouth is closed; 2 large dorsal fins, with similar size and shape, rounded; inner edge of pelvic fins entirely joined to side of tail; tail thick, with low fleshy ridge on each side from origin of 1st dorsal to origin of tail fin; tail fin well developed, oval, upper and lower lobes continuous around the tip.

All three oceans; four species, one endemic to the Greater Caribbean.