One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of a large group that comprises all ray-finned fishes apart from the primitive bichirs, sturgeons, paddlefishes, freshwater garfishes, and bowfins.
Division (or infraclass) Teleostei, subclass Actinopterygii: many orders
- ‘These advances culminated in the modern bony fish, or teleosts, which show a tremendous diversity of mouth parts and feeding specializations.’
- ‘In the teleost fishes studied to date, the male morphs differ in circulating androgen levels.’
- ‘Most teleost fishes possess a complex set of intrinsic caudal fin muscles that have only rarely been studied experimentally.’
- ‘The basiventrals form distinct elements that articulate with the pleural ribs in primitive teleosts, and thus act as parapophyses.’
- ‘There is considerable diversity of tail shape within the teleost fishes.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek teleos ‘complete’ + osteon ‘bone’.
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