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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.


(Zoology) zoology an organ, present in some fishes, that detects electrical discharges
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The platypus lays eggs rather than gives birth to live young, its snout is covered with electroreceptors that detect underwater prey, and male platypuses have a venomous spur on their hind foot.
The large number of electroreceptors and their broad spatial distribution over the head of sharks (Kajiura, 2001; Kajiura et al.
These electroreceptors are also sensitive to variations in water pressure, temperature, and salinity.
With as many as 70,000 electroreceptors in its paddle-shaped snout and skin of the head, the North American paddlefish has the most extensive electrosensory array of any living animal, Bemis said.
Under a microscope, the structures resembled electroreceptors in the egg-laying platypus and echidna, and looked somewhat like dolphin whisker follicles.
Electroreceptors both create electric fields and detect changes in those fields.
Characterised by their distinctive snout that is armed on each side with a regular row of strong blunt teeth, the sawfish hunt their prey using electroreceptors found in the snout.
The Atlantic stingray and other rays can detect prey more than six feet away by using an elaborate system of electroreceptors on the undersides of their heads, called ampullae of Lorenzini.
These animals' finely tuned electroreceptors, detectors of electrical energy, might pick up sudden changes in Earth's electromagnetic field.
Furthermore, our electrophysiological study failed to identify specialized electroreceptors, suggesting that the ability of P.
For instance, the ichthyosaur might have had electroreceptors in the skin of its face and jaws, says Kear.
The platypus uses its electroreceptors, located near the nose in its bill, to hunt in water.