Lampridiformes


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Lampridiformes

[‚lam·prid·ə′fōr‚mēz]
(vertebrate zoology)
An order of teleost fishes characterized by a compressed, often ribbonlike body, fins composed of soft rays, a ductless swim bladder, and protractile maxillae among other distinguishing features.
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Oarfish and their relatives--which have common names as fanciful as unicornfish, inkfish, and tube-eyes--make up the order Lampridiformes.
The fishes of the order Lampridiformes are represented by 19 species in 12 genera and 7 families (Olney et al.