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Superorder PARACANTHOPTERYGII

Introduction

The superorder Paracanthopterygii comprises five orders, four found in Australia and the fifth restricted to fresh waters of North America. Relationships and definition of the group are controversial and the group may not be monophyletic (Nelson 1994). Based on molecular work, Miya et al. (2005) proposed a very different classification including the transfer of Batrachoidiformes, Ophidiiformes and Lophiiformes to the Paracanthopterygii and Zeiformes to the Paracanthopterygii. We follow Nelson (2006) here in retaining the older classification pending further studies.

 

General References

Miya, M., Satoh, T.P. & Nishida, M. 2005. The phylogenetic position of toadfishes (order Batrachoidiformes) in the higher ray-finned fish as inferred from partitioned Bayesian analysis of 102 whole mitochondrial genome sequences. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society of London 85(3): 289-306

Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons 600 pp.

Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp.

 

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)