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Antique Engraving of a Torpedo Ray – Galvanis Torpedo – Jardine 1843

Galvanis Torpedo From Sir William Jardine’s Naturalists’ Library
Six volumes devoted to Ichthyology

Published in Edinburgh in 1843

The handwatercolored fish is seen on the beach with a simmering volcano and port city in the background.

Plate 26  – Engraved by W.H.Lizars

Torpedo Rays – Fish from the genus Torpedo known commony as torpedo rays or electric rays are a group of rays, flat fish known for their ability electric discharge, ranging from 8 to 220 volts, depending on species. The charge is used to stun prey and as a defense mechanism.