Poraquê

Poraquê (Electrophorus electricus) also called Enguia, Enguia elétrica, Muçum-de-orelha, Pixundé, Pixundu, Pixunxu, Peixe-elétrico is the Electric eel, a species of actinopterygian fish. “Poraquê” comes from the Tupi Indian language and means “sleepy” or “numbing” as the lightning that produces. It may reach 3 meters in length, and about 30 kilograms, is one of the known species of electric fish, with a generating capacity ranging from about 300 volts to about 0.5 amp up to about 1,500 volts to about 3 amps. Typical of the Amazon as well as Pantanal biome, the Poraquê lives in river floodplains, swamps, creeks and coastal plains. They often live on muddy bottoms in calm water and in stagnant rivers. Poraquês feed on invertebrates, although adult eels may also consume fish and small mammals. First-born hatchlings will even eat other eggs and embryos from later batches. The juveniles will eat invertebrates such as shrimp or crab.