Definition of ray–finned

  1. :  having fins supported by bony or horny rays (see 2ray 5a(1)) :  acanthopterygian The vast majority of ray-finned fish species are contained in the Teleostei, a clade noted for its diversity of behavior, functional morphology, and ecology in aquatic habitats throughout the world. — George V. Lauder, Quarterly Review of Biology, March 1999 Morays belong to a group called ray-finned fishes that includes a vast majority of fish species, like tuna, goldfish, salmon and trout. — Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 11 Sept. 2007 — compare lobe-finned


noun, plural


All the fossils belonging to the ancestral group that gave rise to ray-fins some 300 million years ago came from freshwater deposits. — Colin Barras, New Scientist, 11 Feb. 2012

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