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TechnologyMost powerful electric eel yet puts all other electric eels to shame

02:45  12 september  2019
02:45  12 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Electric eels send out an electrical discharge to stun prey. After analyzing data on 107 specimens from the Amazon in Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana and The researchers say the newly discovered biodiversity of eels could help in other aspects of science including technology and medicine, but first

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Say hello to two new species of electric eel, including one that can discharge up to 860 volts, the strongest of any known animal, researchers say.

Most powerful electric eel yet puts all other electric eels to shame© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Researchers have named a new species of eel that can produce an electric shock up to 860 volts. David De Santana

Electric eels send out an electrical discharge to stun prey. After analyzing data on 107 specimens from the Amazon in Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana, researchers from São Paulo Research Foundation and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History concluded that naked-back knifefish should be reclassified into two new species of electric eel: E. varii and E. voltai.

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TechnologyThis electric eel puts all other electric eels to shocking shame . Electric eels send out an electrical discharge to stun prey. After analyzing data on 107 specimens from the Amazon in Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana and Guyana, researchers from São Paulo Research Foundation and the

Electric eel researcher and scientist Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University recently developed an apparatus to measure eel shocks — and to try it, he used his own arm as bait! (Fortunately, he chose a smaller, less powerful eel for the experiment.) "The electrical current delivered by the eel peaked at

"We used voltage as the key differentiation criterion. This has never been done before to identify a new species," principal investigator Naércio Menezes, professor and researcher at the University of São Paulo's Zoology Museum, said in a statement on Tuesday. Their study appears in Nature Communications.

Using a voltmeter, the researchers recorded a discharge from an E. voltai. and discovered something shocking -- it reached up to 860 volts, which is the highest voltage found in any animal. The previous electric eel voltage record documented was 650 volts.

Most powerful electric eel yet puts all other electric eels to shame© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Here are the two newly named eel species, alongside the long-known Electrophorus electricus. University of São Paulo Zoology Museum

The voltage variation could have something to do with the eels' natural habitats. E. voltai dwells in clear, well-oxygenated water in high elevations, but because of the small amount of dissolved salts, the water is less electrically conductive so the eel must produce stronger volt discharges to kill its prey.

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The electric eel is famous for its unique ability to zap both predators and prey with a taser-like electric shock. But the species apparently still has a few One scientist has put these acrobatic attacks to the test by having an eel shock his own arm, finding that jumping makes the eel 's jolt more powerful than

Published September 12. World’s most powerful electric eel discovered, can generate 860-volt shock. Lurking in the waters of the Amazon basin is a new species of electric eel that scientists say can generate a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal.

E. varii lives in the lowest part of the Amazon Basin in low-oxygenated waters that contain a high amount of dissolved salts that increase the conductivity of the water. This explains why the eel's voltage is recorded at 151 volts to 572 volts, which is much lower than E. voltai, according to the study.

The researchers say the newly discovered biodiversity of eels could help in other aspects of science including technology and medicine, but first we must focus on protecting the eels' habitats in the Amazon.

"The discovery of new electric eel species in Amazonia is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature," said Carlos David de Santana, associate researcher at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. "The region is of great interest to other scientific fields, such as medicine and biotechnology, reinforcing the need to protect and conserve it."

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The electric eel is a misunderstood and misnamed creature. Learn some surprising facts about the animal, including whether it can shock itself. Most people don't know much about electric eels , except that they produce electricity . Although not endangered, electric eels only live in one small

Irwin Moon shows us the electric eel and demonstrates its amazing abilities to shock fish for food and to use radar to find the fish. Very amusing short doled out by the Moody institute about the Electric Eel . The reason I found this amusing is because But like many of the other Moody films, there is a

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Researchers have named a new species of eel that can produce an electric shock up to 860 volts.

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