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New electric eel species produces strongest animal shock

What was once known as a single species of electric eel is actually three different species, with one of the newly classified organism producing the highest voltage discharge of any known animal, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, offers new insights into the origin and production of strong electric discharges in fishes. Electric eels belong to the knifefish family, and are closely related to catfish and carp than to other eel families, the study found. While some of its close relatives are capable of producing a weak electric field for communication and navigation, the researchers found that one of their newly discovered species can produce up to 860 volts -- the strongest discharge by any known animal. The researchers mentioned that the strongest shock previously recorded was 650 volts. The electric eel, which can reach 2.5 metres in length, is the only fish that produces such a strong dis it uses three electric organs. The ...

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