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Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
(unranked): Acanthomorpha
Superorder: Acanthopterygii

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Acanthopterygii (meaning "spiny-finned one" ) is a superorder of fish in the class Actinopterygii. Members of this superorder are sometimes called ray-finned fishes by other people for the characteristic sharp, bony rays in their fins. That refers to the Actinopterygii. They are referred to as spiny-finned fishes.

Taxonomy[change | change source]

The superorder Acanthopterygii contains the following orders:

  • Series Berycida
    • Order Beryciformes, alfonsinos, whalefishes and pricklefishes
    • Order Trachichthyiformes, pinecone fishes and slimeheads or roughies
    • Holocentriformes, soldier fishes and squirrel fishes
  • Series Percomorpha
    • Subseries Ophidiida
      • Order Ophidiiformes, cusk-eels
    • Subseries Batrachoidida
      • Order Batrachoidiformes, toadfishes
    • Subseries Gobiida
      • Order Kurtiformes, nurseryfishes and cardinalfishes
      • Order Gobiiformes, gobies
    • Subseries Ovalentaria
      • Order Mugiliformes, the mullets
      • Order Cichliformes, cichlids
      • Order Blenniiformes, blennies
      • Order Gobiesociformes, the clingfishes
      • Order Atheriniformes, including silversides and rainbowfishes
      • Order Beloniformes, including the flyingfishes
      • Order Cyprinodontiformes, including livebearers, killifishes
    • Subseries incertae sedis
    • Subseries incertae sedis
      • Order Syngnathiformes, including the seahorses and pipefishes
      • Order Icosteiformes, the ragfish
      • Order Callionymiformes, dragonets and slope dragonets
      • Order Scombriformes, mackerels and tuna
      • Order Trachiniformes, including sandfishes and relatives
      • Order Labriformes, wrasses and relatives
      • Order Perciformes, diverse order including perches, basses, gouramis, scats, whitings, sticklebacks and snappers
      • Order Scorpaeniformes, including the scorpionfishes
      • Order Moroniformes, temperate basses, sicklefishes and spadefishes
      • Order Acanthuriformes, surgeonfishes and relatives
      • Order Spariformes, breams and porgies
      • Order Caproiformes, boarfishes
      • Order Lophiiformes, anglerfishes
      • Order Tetraodontiformes, plectognaths including the filefishes and pufferfishes

References[change | change source]

  1. Nelson, Joseph S.; Grande, Terry C.; Wilson, Mark V. H. (2016). Fishes of the World (5th ed.). Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119174844. ISBN 978-1-118-34233-6
  2. Betancur-Rodriguez; et al. (2016). "Phylogenetic Classification of Bony Fishes Version 4". Deepfin. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2016.