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In addition to the Atheriniformes, this article will treat the three smaller related
orders Beryciformes, Zeiformes, and Lampridiformes, the most primitive groups of
the super- order Acanthopterygii or spiny-finned fishes. GENERAL FEATURES ...
There are many ways in which beryciforms approach the perciforms, the typical "
spiny-rayed" fishes. Such resemblances are seen in a number of features: the
structure of the mouth, with a normal acanthopterygian pattern of jaw muscles
The whale fishes (cetomimids, ron- deletiids, barbourisiids) are often placed in a
separate order Cetomimiformes, thought to be more primitive than Beryciformes,
but their "primitive" features appear to be due only to degeneration.
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