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RE: WWD - layman's view
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Leonidus A.K. Giganotosaurus
> What _is_ the scientific word for the fish-group? Like, Avian is to
> birds, Mammalian to mammals, Reptilian, Saurian, and even Amphibian in
> itself. So..?
There is no accepted "fish-group" adjective (piscine or ichtyian), since
biologists have long recognized that "fish" do not represent a natural
assemblage. "Pisces" was abandoned as a formal taxon long ago, predating
the cladistic revolution by many decades. College biology textbooks (for
example) have long used various other fish "Classes" instead:
Actinopterygii, Chondrichtyes, Cyclostomata or Agnatha, etc.
As such, in English at least scientists have not been using a particular
formal adjective for non-tetrapods craniates (aka "fish"). Instead, they
more often used terms appropriate to the particular clade or grade:
actinopterygian, chondricthyian, etc.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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