Actinopterygii: Systematics

Traditionally, the ray-finned fishes have been classified in three main taxa: the Chondrostei, Holostei, and Teleostei. Scientists now think that the evolutionary history of the ray-finned fish is somewhat more complex than would be implied by a simple three-part division.

For a slightly different view and more detailed information on bony fish classification, try the Actinopterygii pages from the Tree of Life at the University of Arizona.

This seven-language fish dictionary is available from the Marine Research Institute of Iceland.

Source: Maisey, J. G. 1996. Discovering Fossil Fishes. Henry Holt & Co., New York.