Order Summary for Amiiformes

  Main Ref
:
  Order
:
Amiiformes bowfins
  Class
:
Actinopterygii
  Sister Order
:
Osteoglossiformes 250 M years
  Ref..
:
  First Fossil Record
:
early Triassic
  Occurs in
:
Marine
Fresh
Brackish
  Remark
:
Caudal fin abbreviate heterocercal; dorsal fin base long, with about 48 rays; large median gular plate and 10-13 branchiostegal rays; swim bladder can function as a lung; no pyloric caeca. Maximum length about 90 cm.
  Classetymology
:
Greek aktis = ray, thunderbolt, beam + Greek pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin. Ref. 45335.
  Orderetymology
:
Greek, amia = a kind of shark or tunna + Latin, forma = shape (Ref. 45335).
  Families
:
( n = 1 ) -
Amiidae