Order Summary for Beryciformes

  Main Ref
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  Order
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Beryciformes sawbellies
  Class
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Actinopterygii
  Sister Order
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Stomiiformes 70 M years
  Ref..
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  First Fossil Record
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late Cretaceous
  Occurs in
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Marine
Fresh
Brackish
  Remark
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Orbitosphenoid present; two supramaxillae in Berycidae and Holocentridae; subocular shelf present (may be reduced); pelvic fins usually with more than five soft rays; 16 or 17 branched caudal fin rays (or 18 or 19 principal rays); maxillae partially included in gape in some. All species share a modification of the anterior part of the supraorbital and infraorbital sensory canals, called "Jakubowski's organ".
  Classetymology
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Greek aktis = ray, thunderbolt, beam + Greek pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin. Ref. 45335.
  Orderetymology
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Greek, beryx or berys = a name of a fish. See the etymology of the genus Beryx for more details.
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