electric fishes
fishes which give out electric currents, e.g. Electrophorus, Torpedo, Mormyrus, based on electric organs. These may be weakly discharging used for orientation and prey detection in murky conditions or strongly discharging and capable of stunning prey and predators

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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