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Labidesthes sicculus.jpg
Labidesthes sicculus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
(unranked): Acanthomorpha
Superorder: Acanthopterygii

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Acanthopterygii (meaning "spiny finned one") is a superorder of bony fishes in the class Actinopterygii. Members of this superorder are sometimes called ray-finned fishes for the characteristic sharp, bony rays in their fins; however this name is often given to the class Actinopterygii as a whole.


The cladogram is based on Near et al., 2012.[1]


Beryciformes (squirrelfish) Anoplogaster cornuta.jpg


Ophidiiformes (cusk-eels) Fawn cusk-eel.jpg

Batrachoididae (toadfishes) Opsanus beta 1.jpg

Scombroidei (tunas, mackerel) Scomber scombrus.png

Syngnathiformes (seahorses) Black Sea fauna Seahorse crop.jpg

Gobiiformes (gobies) Trimma naudei female 23.3 mm, Nha Trang, Vietnam.jpg

Blennioidei, Cichlidae, Atherinomorpha FMIB 46186 Butterfly Blenny.jpeg

Carangiformes (jacks, flatfish, billfish) Lined sole.jpg

Labridae (wrasses) Novaculichthys taeniourus.jpg

Centrarchiformes (blackbasses, temperate perches) Micropterus salmoides.jpg

Perciformes (perches, seabasses, sticklebacks, etc) Abborre, Iduns kokbok.jpg

Acanthuroidei (surgeonfishes), Leiognathidae (ponyfishes), Chaetodontidae (butterflyfishes) XRF-Acanthurus leucosternon.png

Siganidae (rabbitfishes), Scatophagidae (scats) Scatophagus argus Ford 29.jpg

Lophiiformes (anglerfishes) Humpback anglerfish.png

Tetraodontiformes (pufferfishes) Tetraodon-hispidus.jpg



  1. ^ Thomas J. Near; et al. (2012). "Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification". PNAS. pp. 13698–13703. doi:10.1073/pnas.1206625109. 
  2. ^ In ITIS, Gobiesociformes is placed as the suborder Gobiesocoidei of the order Perciformes.
  3. ^ In ITIS, Syngnathiformes is placed as the suborder Syngnathoidei of the order Gasterosteiformes.


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