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Torpedo Houttuyn [M.] 1764:Pt. 6, p. 453 Fem. Raja torpedo Linnaeus 1758. Type by absolute tautonymy (generally accepted). Type by tautonymy. Appeared in pt. 6 (Amphibia) of Houttuyn 1764 [ref. 2219]. The name Torpedo was used by Houttuyn not for a genus but for a species (F. Welter-Schultes, pers. comm., June 2005). The genus must therefore date to Duméril 1805. Also appeared as new (sensu Plinius) in Billberg 1833:51 [ref. 34146]; see Kullander 2016:107 [ref. 34147]. •Should be regarded as a species name; see Torpedo Duméril 1805 -- (Welter-Schultes & Feuerstein 2008:141-143 [ref. 30327]). •Valid as Torpedo Duméril 1805 -- (Krefft & Stehmann 1973:55 [ref. 7167], Nakaya in Masuda et al. 1984:12 [ref. 6441], Compagno 1986:112 [ref. 5648], Parin & Kotlyar 1985:707 [ref. 17260], Cappetta 1987:161 [ref. 6348], Paxton et al. 1989:61 [ref. 12442], Gomon et al. 1994:156 [ref. 22532], Compagno & Last 1999:1450 [ref. 24637], Compagno 1999:487 [ref. 25589], Carvalho et al. 2002:5 [ref. 26091], Mecklenburg et al. 2002:90 [ref. 25968], McEachran & Carvalho 2003:516 [ref. 26985], Compagno et al. 2005:65 [ref. 29145], Lipej & Dulčić 2010:12 [ref. 36649], Ehemann et al. 2018:26 [ref. 36194], Golani & Fricke 2018:14 [ref. 36273], Ebert et al. 2021:72 [ref. 38234]). Current status: Synonym of Torpedo Duméril 1805. Torpedinidae.


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