Bony Fishes (Osteichthyes)

Osteichthyes (/ˌɒstiːˈɪkθi.iːz/), popularly referred to as the bony fish, is a diverse taxonomic group of fish that have skeletons primarily composed of bone tissue. They can be contrasted with the Chondrichthyes, which have skeletons primarily composed of cartilage. The vast majority of fish are members of Osteichthyes, which is an extremely diverse and abundant group consisting of 45 orders, and over 435 families and 28,000 species. It is the largest class of vertebrates in existence today. The group Osteichthyes is divided into the ray-finned fish (Actinopterygii) and lobe-finned fish (Sarcopterygii). The oldest known fossils of bony fish are about 420 million years old, which are also transitional fossils, showing a tooth pattern that is in between the tooth rows of sharks and bony fishes. <img src="" width="500"> From [Wikipedia]( under [CC BY-SA 4.0]( license.

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Parent taxon Vertebrates (Vertebrata)
Lower taxa N/A
Related species Siberian roach (Rutilus rutilus lacustris), Pike-perch (Sander lucioperca), European perch (Perca fluviatilis), Eurasian ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua), Pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)