Holostei


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Holostei

[hə′läs·tē‚ī]
(vertebrate zoology)
An infraclass of fishes in the subclass Actinopterygii descended from the Chondrostei and ancestral to the Teleostei.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Holostei

 

a superorder of fishes of the group Actinopterygii. The superorder occupies an intermediate place between cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes) and bony fish (Teleostei). The skull, jaw apparatus, and gills are similar to those of the bony fish; however, the lower jaw, which is made of numerous ossifications, and the structure of the skeleton of the caudal fin resemble those of cartilaginous ganoids.

The Holostei, which evidently evolved from the higher cartilaginous ganoids, first appeared in the late Permian period. During the Mesozoic era the Holostei were represented by seven orders, which were almost all extinct by the beginning of the Paleogene epoch. The modern Holostei include the order Cycloganoidei (with one species—the bowfin) and the order Lepisosteiformes (with several species).

REFERENCE

Osnovy paleontologii: Bescheliustnye, ryby. Moscow, 1964.
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A new genus and species of Amiidae (Holostei; Osteichthyes) from the late Cretaceous of North America with comments on the phylogeny of the Amiidae.