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Elopomorpha

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Elopomorpha
Ordines: Elopiformes - Albuliformes - Notacanthiformes - Anguilliformes - Saccopharyngiformes

References

* Melo, M.R.S.; Nunan, G.W.A.; Braga, A.C.; Costa, P.A.S. 2009: The deep-sea Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes (Teleostei: Elopomorpha) collected on the Brazilian continental slope, between 11˚ and 23˚S. Zootaxa, 2234: 1-20. Abstract & excerpt PDF

Vernacular names
Internationalization
Deutsch: Elopomorpha
English: Elopomorpha
日本語: カライワシ上目
Nederlands: Tarpon- en Aalachtigen
Polski: Tarponopodobne

The superorder Elopomorpha contains a variety of types of fishes that range from typical silvery colored fish-like species such as the tarpons and ladyfishes of the Elopiformes and the bonefishes of the Albuliformes, to the long and slender, smooth bodied eels of the Anguilliformes. The one characteristic that unites this group of fishes is that they all have leptocephalus larvae, which are the unique larval form of the Elopomorpha. No other fishes have this type of larvae.

Elopomorpha is a group of Teleostei fishes that was historically separated into the following taxonomic groups:

* Elopiformes
o Elopidae
o Megalopidae
* Albuliformes
o Albulidae
* Notacanthiformes
o Halosauridae
o Notacanthidae
* Anguilliformes
o Anguilloidei
o Nemichthyoidei
o Congroidei
o Synaphobranchoidei
* Saccopharyngiformes
o Cyematidae
o Saccopharyngidae
o Eurypharyngidae
o Monognathidae

Recent molecular genetic data has shown however, that the Notocanthiformes is part of the Albuliformes, and that the Saccopharyngiformes is part of the Anguilliformes.

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