Order Summary for Beloniformes

  Main Ref
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  Order
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Beloniformes needle fishes
  Class
:
Actinopterygii
  Sister Order
:
Cyprinodontiformes 45 M years
  Ref..
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  First Fossil Record
:
early Tertiary
  Occurs in
:
Marine
Fresh
Brackish
  Remark
:
Interarcual cartilage (connects the epibranchial bone of the first gill arch with the infrapharyngobranchial of the second gill arch) small or absent; small second and third epibranchials; interhyal absent; lower caudal fin lobe with more principal rays than the upper lobe. Presence of a fixed or nonprotrusible upper jaw.
  Classetymology
:
Greek aktis = ray, thunderbolt, beam + Greek pterygion, diminutive of pteryx = wing, fin. Ref. 45335.
  Orderetymology
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Greek, belone = needle + Latin, forma = shape (Ref. 45335).
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