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(vertebrate zoology)
An infraclass of the subclass Actinopterygii, or rayfin fishes; distinguished by paired bracing bones in the supporting skeleton of the caudal fin, a homocercal caudal fin, thin cycloid scales, and a swim bladder with a hydrostatic function.



a superorder of fish. Teleosts have a bony skeleton, amphicoelous (biconcave), vertebrae, and a skull with strongly developed ossifications. The body length ranges from 1 cm (some gobies) to 5 m (catfish, barracuda, swordfish, tuna). Cycloid or ctenoid scales with either little spines or bony plates cover the body; some teleosts are scaleless. The majority of these fish have scales without a ganoin (the ganoin is found only in the scales of fossil Leptolepoidei of the order Clupeiformes). Teleosts usually have a homocercal fin; some have a diphycercal fin. Most of the fish have a bulbus arteriosus; the most ancient (teleosts of the families Megalopidae and Albulidae) have retained the conus arteriosus.

Teleosts first appeared in the middle Triassic period. They have now reached their highest development, comprising approximately 40 orders. More than 90 percent of all modern species are included in the superorder. Teleosts are found in all bodies of water that support fish life. They are sexually dimorphic, with only a few hermaphrodites (for example, Serranus scriba). Fertilization is usually external, with the fish depositing their eggs; some species are characterized by internal fertilization and bring forth young alive (Baikal oil-fish, mosquito fish, and others). Some teleosts are herbivorous, some are carnivorous, and some parasitize other fish (the eel Simenchelys parasiticus and Stegophilus insidiosus). Almost all of the principal commercial fish belong to the superorder Teleostei, accounting for more than 98 percent of the world catch.


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Since neuropeptide Y (NPY) was first extracted from a mammalian brain in 1982 (Tatemoto et al., 1982), many studies have found that the npy mRNA is expressed in the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and peripheral tissues of mammals and teleosts, with the highest expression in the brain (Chen and Li, 2005; Kehoe and Volkoff, 2007; Malmstrom, 2001; Murashita et al., 2009).
As previously mentioned, the number of brain cells in teleost fishes increases with age, body weight, and body length throughout life, but studies on potential influences of environmental enrichment are scarce.
In higher teleosts, they often exist as complex discrete centers, containing lymphocytes and macrophages, and may be primitive analogues of the germinal centers of lymph nodes.
Juveniles represented all of the teleost species caught in conventional trawls in our study and most are targeted at larger sizes in other fisheries (Haimovici et al., 2006; UNIVALI/CTTMar, 2013; Pezzuto & Beninca, 2015).
Little data is available regarding the effect of ANGII on blood pressure in teleosts adapted to FW.
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Formation of the egg envelope of a teleost, Dicentrarchus labrax (L.): immunochemical and cytochemical detection of multiple components.
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Circle hooks had a lower deep-hooking rate and a higher proportion of sharks hooked in the jaw--results that are consistent with those of many teleost studies (Prince et al., 2002; Skomal et al., 2002).
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