Ocellated Electric Torpedo Ray

(Diplobatis ommata)


Diplobatis ommata is a species of electric ray belonging to the family Narcinidae. It is commonly known as the ocellated electric ray or the big-eye electric ray. These rays are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean, primarily along the coasts of Central and South America, from Mexico to Peru.

They are characterized by their rounded pectoral fins and distinctive large eyes, which give them their common name “big-eye electric ray.” Like other electric rays, they possess specialized electric organs that allow them to produce electric discharges for defense and possibly for stunning prey.

Their habitat includes sandy and muddy bottoms in shallow coastal waters, where they feed on small fishes and invertebrates. As with many electric rays, they are typically not aggressive towards humans unless provoked.