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Actinopterygii


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; class Osteichthyes)

A subclass of ray-finned fish, that includes the majority of living bony fish of sea and fresh water. The fins are composed of a membranous web of skin supported by a varying number of spines and soft rays. This subclass includes a diversity of fish types, ranging from the sturgeon and paddlefish to the eel and tuna. They first appeared during the Devonian Period.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Earth Sciences and Geography.


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