bony fish


Definition of bony fish

: any of a major taxon (class Osteichthyes or superclass Teleostomi) comprising fishes (such as sturgeons, eels, mackerels, and sunfish) with a bony rather than a cartilaginous skeleton

called also teleost

— compare cartilaginous fish, jawless fish

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Recent Examples on the Web More than 30 years of excavations have unearthed thousands of vertebrate fossils such as herbivorous dinosaurs and bony fish. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Bad to the bone: Cannibal dinosaurs turned to eating each other in tough times," 27 May 2020 Also known as the rock sturgeon, the lake sturgeon is one of 27 species of sturgeon, a family of bony fish that found around the world that first appears in the fossil record more than 200 million years ago. National Geographic, "Lake sturgeon," 25 Feb. 2020 Mermen, unicorns and the hoodwinker The hoodwinker is one of five different species of sunfish, which include the world’s heaviest bony fish. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists," 22 Feb. 2020 Otoliths are the hard structures located behind the brain of bony fishes, according to the FWC. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Fisherman catches 'a big old fish' weighing 350 pounds off southwest Florida," 12 Jan. 2020 Today there are more than 10,000 bird species, making them the second most speciose class of vertebrate creatures alive, outnumbered only by the bony fish. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Solving the Mystery of Songbird Diversity," 1 Nov. 2019 Not only did the team detect the eDNA of most of the bony fish groups resident in the tank, but the method also pinpointed the DNA from the food species fed to those animals. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, The Mercury News, "Monterey Bay: Following the DNA trail in the Pacific Ocean," 11 Aug. 2019 As the sharks tear the 8-foot swordfish apart, a large bony fish known as a wreckfish creeps out from behind the researchers' remotely controlled vehicle and grabs a shark in its mouth. Fox News, "Shark swallowed whole during rare deep-sea feeding frenzy off South Carolina coast, video shows," 9 July 2019 The neural circuits that govern social behavior and reward arose early in vertebrate evolution and are present in birds, reptiles, bony fishes and amphibians, as well as mammals. Leslie Henderson, Scientific American, "Why Our Brains See the World as "Us" versus "Them"," 22 June 2018

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1673, in the meaning defined above

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“Bony fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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