Temporal range: Late Jurassic–Recent


Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Acipenseriformes
L. S. Berg, 1940

Acipenseridae— sturgeons
Polyodontidae— paddlefishes

Yanosteus longidorsalis MHNT

Acipenseriformes /æsˈpɛnsərˈfɔːrmz/ is an order of basal[2] ray-finned fishes that includes the sturgeons and paddlefishes, as well as some extinct families.[3]

Notable characteristics of Acipenseriformes include:



Order Acipenseriformes Berg, 1940

External links


  1. Wiley, Edward G. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 76–79. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.
  2. Venkatesh, B. (2003). "Evolution and diversity of fish genomes". Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 13 (6): 588. doi:10.1016/j.gde.2003.09.001.
  3. Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Acipenseriformes" in FishBase. 05 2006 version.
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