Order Summary for Torpediniformes

  Main Ref
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  Order
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Torpediniformes electric rays
  Class
:
Elasmobranchii
  Sister Order
:
Rajiformes 50 M years
  Ref..
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  First Fossil Record
:
early Tertiary
  Occurs in
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Marine
Fresh
Brackish
  Remark
:
Disc truncate or emarginate anteriorly; jaws extremely slender; no labial cartilages; rostrum absent or reduced.
  Classetymology
:
Greek eulanein, elasmos = metal beaten out + Greek brangchia = gills. Ref. 45335.
  Orderetymology
:
Latin, torpere, to be stiffed, paralyzed stiffness + + Latin, forma = shape (Ref. 45335).
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