According to animal taxonomy, a fish is a vertebrate that lives in water and is classified as belonging to the class Pisces. Fish have appendages in the form of fins that assist them in moving around in their aquatic environment. The fins are also responsible for controlling the stalling and braking of fish in water.
Many fishes have evolved a variety of defense strategies to protect themselves from predators. The following are examples of such mechanisms: possessing strong musculated jaws equipped with fangs to attack the opponent, some are sprinters, and others develop electric charges that they employ to electrocute their predators. It is the purpose of this essay to introduce you to one of the most remarkable fish that can be found in tropical African lakes and is capable of producing significant amounts of power.
The African Electric Eel is a species of electric eel found in Africa.
The African electric eel is an anadromous fish with a cylindrical body that is black in color and elongated. It has the same appearance as a typical catfish, with the exception that its total body length is two metres longer than that of a catfish.
It is one of the world's largest fishes and has the ability to create electricity for defense purposes, making it one of the most powerful fishes on the planet. The African electric eel generates its electric charges through the use of specially modified tissues known as electrocytes. These tissues are made up of a collection of specialized cells that have the appearance of rows upon rows of stacked hot-dog buns.
The electrocytes can be found all the way down the length of the eel fish's spine. They control the flow of charged particles in water, known as ions, in order to generate electrical current.
Electrocytes migrate around the body of the eel, causing positive electric charges to build up in some regions of the eel's body while creating negative electric charges in other sections of the eel's body. Each electrocyte receives a trickle of electricity as a result of the difference in charges. With so many electrocytes, even the smallest trickles accumulate. When they work together, they can generate a jolt powerful enough to stun fish.
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