Scientific name............Narcine Tasmaniensis
Other common names.......Tasmanian electric ray
There are five members of the genus Narcine known and little known
on the Tasmanian Numbfish. In this species the distance between the
spiracle and the eye is longer than the horizontal diameter of the
eye. The margins of the disc are concave and it is shorter than the
This species can grow to a maximum length of 18.6 inches. Born at a
length of 3.4 inches.
The dorsal color is yellowish brown to chocolate brown and no
markings on the body, with white below. Juveniles often have a
stripe in the middle of the disc and on the dorsal fin bases.
This species feeds on amphipods, shrimp, and worms.
The Tasmanian numbfish spends the days buried under the substrate.
It comes out to feed at night.
Southwest Pacific: Australia ( including New South Wales, South
Australia, Victoria and Tasmania ). They are found on sand or mud
bottoms, occasionally on rocky reefs. Reported at depth range of 16
to 336 feet.
No data found.
This shark is considered harmless, although it may shock the diver
it it is provoked.