Home for over half of all living vertebrate species
Order Actinopterygii, the wondrous realm of ray-finned fishes dancing through the water with elegance and grace.
With over 30,000 known species, this diverse group boasts a signature feature: their intricate fin structures. Delicate rays extend from their fins, creating a mesmerizing display of movement as they effortlessly glide through aquatic landscapes. From the humble goldfish to the mighty marlin, Actinopterygii encompasses an astonishing array of sizes, shapes, and colors. Their advanced skeletal structure grants them flexibility and agility, enabling them to navigate through the depths with unparalleled precision.
Whether camouflaged masters of disguise or vibrant spectacles of nature, Actinopterygii captivates our imaginations, reminding us of the boundless wonders that lie beneath the surface of our blue planet.
Orders in this class
The largest order of fish, boasting an impressive array of over 10,000 species!
Contributes to the beauty, functionality, and cultural richness of aquatic environments worldwide
Able to locate food in low-visibility conditions using their barbels
Several species are valued in the aquarium trade for their vibrant colors and interesting behaviors
Easily recognized by their robust bodies and venomous spines
Aquarium enthusiasts worldwide favor their colorful appearance and distinct behavior
With a global distribution spanning both freshwater and marine environments
Asymmetric fish, with both eyes lying on the same side of the head
Often have unique features like bioluminescence, large mouths, and distinct reproductive strategies
They thrive in environments with minimal light and extreme pressures
They make up about 5 percent of the tropical marine fishes of the world
Supports extensive fisheries worldwide, providing food and livelihoods for millions
They use bioluminescent lures to attract prey within striking distance
One commonly known fish group due to their distinct physical features, unique life cycle, and global presence
Has the ability to produce light through bioluminescence