Order Summary for Lampriformes

  Main Ref
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  Order
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Lampriformes velifers, tube-eyes and ribbonfishes
  Class
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Actinopterygii
  Sister Order
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Myctophiformes 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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No true spines in fins; premaxilla excludes maxilla from gape; unique type of protrusible upper jaw (maxilla, instead of being ligamentously attached to the ethmoid and palatine, slides in and out with the highly protractile premaxilla in at least the first four suborders); pelvic fins with 0-17 rays; swim bladder, when present, physoclistous; orbitosphenoid present in some.
  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, lampris, light, clear + Latin, forma = shape (Ref. 45335).
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