Definition of bony fish in US English:

bony fish


  • A fish of a large class distinguished by a skeleton of bone, and comprising the majority of modern fishes.

    Class Osteichthyes: two or three subclasses

    Compare with cartilaginous fish
    • ‘Since sturgeons and paddlefish have lost many traits of most bony fish - they lack scales and have a cartilaginous skeleton - their fossil records are very sparse.’
    • ‘Dr Tyler says there is some agreement that the common ancestor was a bony fish (class Osteichthyes).’
    • ‘These living fossils are scavengers which share physical characteristics common to both sharks and true bony fish.’
    • ‘They say it is interesting that the suction-feeding mechanism evolved independently in the frogs and larval bony fish.’
    • ‘Well-developed phylogenies for many bony fish taxa are available for these comparative studies.’
    • ‘It is the heaviest bony fish swimming anywhere in the world and can weigh up to 2000 kgs.’
    • ‘By the late Devonian, 360 million years ago, early cartilaginous fish and bony fish were diversifying.’
    • ‘That's a bony fish, it's not a shark - they haven't got any bones at all.’
    • ‘The oldest fossils of bony fish all come from marine waters, where fish presumably didn't have to worry too much about running low on oxygen.’
    • ‘These advances culminated in the modern bony fish, or teleosts, which show a tremendous diversity of mouth parts and feeding specializations.’
    • ‘Unlike with bony fish, only a handful of lamprey fossils have ever been found, because cartilage usually decays too fast to become fossilized.’
    • ‘The only vertebrates known to switch sex belong to the bony fish class.’
    • ‘Reptiles like alligators, snakes and lizards as well as marine animals like seals, whales, sharks and bony fish are also used as well.’
    • ‘The largest bony fish in the world, the molas can grow to be over 10 feet long and weigh up to 5,000 pounds.’
    • ‘Foods rich in calcium include milk and milk products, fortified cereals, calcium-fortified beverages, calcium-set tofu, bony fish, kale and Chinese cabbage.’
    • ‘Freshwater clams first appear along with an increase in gastropod, bony fish, and shark diversity.’
    • ‘The mild electrical impulses harm neither sharks nor bony fish, but the spasms in their noses become intolerable forcing sharks away from the area.’
    • ‘Leafy seadragons are bony fish in the family Syngnathidae which includes seahorses and pipefishes.’
    • ‘Similar studies with mice have been valuable, and a bony fish model can provide a good source of variation for comparison.’
    • ‘A behemoth caught off the coast of Japan in 1996 may set the record as the world's heaviest bony fish.’


bony fish

/ˈbōnē fiSH/