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September 12, 2019, 2:14 pm


DNA research has releaved two entirely new species of electric eel in the Amazon basin, including one capable of delivering a record- breaking jolt. The electriceel, in fact a kind of fish rather than an eel and for centruies,it was believed that a single species existed throughout  the region knowns as Greater Amazonia.

 

But further analysis, including of DNA from 107samples,revealed three different species:the previously known electrophorus electricus,along with electrophorus varii.

 

The finding published in the nature communications journal, theorise that the three species evolved from a shared ancestor million years ago.