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Electric Catfish

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By:Austin Hallmark
Malapteruridae
The Electric catfish is one of three marine organisms that can electrify they're prey or attacker. The three are, the electric catfish, electric eel, and the electric stingray. The electric family's scientific names are Malapteruridae for the catfish, Torpediniformes for the electric ray, and Electrophorus electricus for the eel.
Lots of energy
The electric catfish can power up to 350 volts of energy, that's enough energy to power the average computer for 45 minutes!
Electric Preview
Electric catfish is also a name for a fish family Malapteruridae. This family has two generations, Malapterurus and Paradoxoglanis with 19 species."Several species of this family have the ability to produce an electric shock of up to 350 volts using electroplaques of an electric organ."Electric catfish are found in tropical Africa and the Nile River.[3] Electric catfish are usually nocturnal and feed primarily on other fish,electricuting their prey with electric shocks.They can grow up to 39 inches long.
The Pulse
The pulse from the shock is from the muscle right next to they're fin and body, like this.
Electric Catfish
Fun Fact
Catfish have no scales! Some species breath through their naked skin while others are covered in boney plates like armor. All species (except electric catfish) have a hollow, pointy spine on their top and side fins that they can use to defend themselves (and cause serious injury). A few species are even venomous and can sting with their spines.
Bibliography
I know this bibliography is kinda early, but the juicy stuffs after this!
http://etsyforanimals.blogspot.com/2011/08/teachable-moment-10-catfish-facts.html|google.com|en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_fish
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