Labidesthes sicculus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
(unranked): Acanthomorpha
Superorder: Acanthopterygii

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Acanthopterygii (meaning "spiny finned one") is a superorder of bony fishes in the class Actinopterygii. Members of this superorder are also known as the ray-finned fishes for the characteristic sharp, bony rays in their fins; however this name is also often given to the class Actinopterygii as a whole.


The cladogram is based on Near et al., 2012.[1]


Beryciformes (squirrelfish)


Ophidiiformes (cusk-eels)

Batrachoididae (toadfishes)

Scombroidei (tunas, mackerel)

Syngnathiformes (seahorses)

Gobiiformes (gobies)

Blennioidei, Cichlidae, Atherinomorpha

Carangiformes (jacks, flatfish, billfish)

Labridae (wrasses)

Centrarchiformes (blackbasses, temperate perches)

Perciformes (perches, seabasses, sticklebacks, etc)

Acanthuroidei (surgeonfishes), Leiognathidae (ponyfishes), Chaetodontidae (butterflyfishes)

Siganidae (rabbitfishes), Scatophagidae (scats)

Lophiiformes (anglerfishes)

Tetraodontiformes (pufferfishes)



  1. Thomas J. Near; et al. (2012). "Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification". PNAS. pp. 13698–13703. doi:10.1073/pnas.1206625109.
  2. In ITIS, Gobiesociformes is placed as the suborder Gobiesocoidei of the order Perciformes.
  3. In ITIS, Syngnathiformes is placed as the suborder Syngnathoidei of the order Gasterosteiformes.


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