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Any of a series of sensory cells or organs in certain fish, such as sharks and electric eels, that detect electric fields and are often located on the head and along the lateral line.

e·lec′tro·re·cep′tion n.
e·lec′tro·re·cep′tive adj.
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(Zoology) zoology an organ, present in some fishes, that detects electrical discharges
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In an effort to keep sharks away, McConnell wore a high-tech ankle device that interferes with animals' electroreception to find prey.
They are equipped with a special sense called electroreception, which is the biological ability to perceive natural electrical stimuli.
In addition to its obvious physical characteristics--such as webbed feet, rubbery snout, and ears at the jaw's base--the platypus is a venomous monotreme with electroreception, double cones in its eyes, a jaw unique to mammals, and bones in its pectoral girdle that other mammals lack (see Grant 2008).
Furthermore, their electroreception and chemoreception systems are fundamental to locate and capture prey.
A similar electroreception sense may be found in other insects, many of which have similar body hairs, the University of Bristol researchers believe.
Hodgson (1987) noted that Port Jackson sharks were bottom dwellers with relatively small eyes, and that vision did not play as important a part as olfaction (smell) and electroreception in feeding and social behaviour.
* With electroreception blocked, sharks usually failed to capture prey.
The majority of electroreception research has focused on varying the strength of applied current or the size of the dipole separation (Kalmijn, 1971, 1978; Kajiura and Holland, 2002, Kajiura, 2003; Kajiura and Fitzgerald, 2009).
Wilkens, "Paddlefish and platypus: parallel evolution of passive electroreception in a rostral bill organ," Sensory Processing in Aquatic Environments, pp.
Some land vertebrates, including such salamanders as the Mexican axolotl, have electroreception and, until now, offered the best-studied model for early development of this sensory system.
americana may rely more heavily on electroreception, and therefore the strong induced current produced by the barium-ferrite magnets elicited a repellent response.